I have been overweight since 5th grade. Needless to say I have tried many many many times to lose weight. If you have been reading this blog for a while you can likely remember several posts where I talk about diet changes, exercise, hypnosis, etc… Ultimately I have not yet been successful. But it’s ok. It’s ok because I haven’t given up on it. It is ok because I love myself and embrace my shape.
Now I will admit that I don’t love myself and embrace my shape every moment of every day. I have good days and bad days. I have looked in the mirror and seen every flaw and other times I have looked in the mirror and been super happy with myself. Last week I found out about the Body Challenge Detox. The challenge is for us to focus on self-love and acceptance. I like the idea of the challenge because I realize that without loving, accepting, and embracing myself I may not ever overcome my challenges with weight. Perhaps I have not loved myself enough in the past to make the changes that I have needed to make.
The first day of the challenge asked the participants to do a video about how we embrace our shape. You may have seen a clip of my embrace my shape video on my Instagram. Below is the full video. Before you watch it here is a little background. I did not start to worry about my weight until 6th grade. That was the year when a doctor first suggested I go on a diet and the first time I remember being teased by classmates about my weight. Since then my weight has been ever present in my mind.
Overall I have and still like my body shape I have just wished it was smaller. But there were times when I kind of focused on certain body parts to not only dislike but to be ashamed of. For years I would not wear any kind of sleeveless or tank top. I always wanted my upper arms covered. Then there was a time when I’d wear capri pants but not shorts. The thighs have always been an area of concerned. Over the years I have let go of these fashion restrictions and I very seldomly even think about these “problem areas”. When answering the question on how I embrace my shape for the Body Challenge Detox I realized I far I have come.
Check out the video below on how I embrace my shape.
Do you have self-imposed fashion rules that you follow because of your problem areas? Did you in the past? How do you embrace your shape? Will you take part in the Body Detox Challenge?