When I was a teenager, I had a very hard time with having healthy body image. I came from the generation of the exposed mid-drift, and due to our socio-economic circumstances, we did not have healthy food at home. My body was already predisposed to being overweight, and I wanted to so to be like the models of our generation that could flaunt what they had, but that just wasn’t happening. No amount of dieting helped me, and as I matured I realized something, the weight was never going to come off over night. I could spend how many ever years it would take to get my weight under control hating myself, or take a good look in the mirror and learn to love who was there.
I’ve struggled ever since then with weight, even more so as an adult, and especially after having children. I was doing good when I lived in Israel on the fifth floor of a building without stairs. I kept up the healthy eating habits upon returning to the states and then I got married…and then I had kids…and then it just came back on fiercely. I’ve signed up for weight watchers but following the plan is still hard. I have to log food in between my two kids and the kids I watch and I have to say, that a lot of days, it’s just not feasible for me.
So while I struggle, and make sure I exercise, I spend a lot of time accepting where I’m at right now and you know what? You can be beautiful even if you are overweight. You can be nice, you can be a gorgeous personality, and a wonderful person. Body image is only one aspect of who a person is…and that’s what I think about when I feel ugly. I look at my gigantic stomach and I know I’ve carried two thank God beautiful boys in there, I know that I have nourished them both with my body, and that my husband still loves me and you know what…it just doesn’t matter.
I’m not sure how to tell someone but I watched a video of Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Raisman, she said, “I know people get caught up in body image, if I look in the mirror, I try to focus on what I like about myself rather than what I don’t.”
My dear friends, go look in the mirror and find the beauty that you all are, because that is what really matters!