Recently in my Insta story I polled the community to see who struggles with body confidence over the summer, and a whopping 80% of you said yes! The truth is, I’m not surprised because I have struggled with body confidence issues for a large part of my life. -- so I totally get it!
And it always seems to be a little worse in the warmer months. Summer means shorts, uggghhh… anyone else hate shorts as much as I do? And bathing suits make it feel like you are basically out in your bra and undies.
For the past 10 years I had my body confidence in check after years of working on myself, daily practices, journaling, affirmations etc. However after my Cookbook was released I put a ridiculous amount of pressure on myself to be perfect. In crept old negative, not so great habits and I found myself in a place I never thought I would return to. I am sharing this because I want to be real with you. I know it is not easy, and I know it doesn’t happen overnight. But over the past two months I have done the work (see tips and practices below) and I am so much happier in my body. This translates into more confidence in the way I look, feel, show up, walk, act and dress. That is on of the main reasons why I am really excited to share this information with you today, I want you to fall in love with your body and the way you look today and always.
Soooo…..What if we could shift the way we feel in our body today without losing weight or changing whatever it is that has you feeling less than in your skin? Poor body image can have a huge impact on your quality of life. A few negative thoughts can lower confidence levels, cause you to withdraw from social situations, and can possibly lead to depression. Negative body image isn’t something that should be taken lightly however it’s so common for women to come together and complain about their bodies. It’s time to change the conversation!
Honestly, there is no way we can truly live the life we want to live when we feel self-conscious about the way we look. That is why I am so passionate about sharing things that help me improve my body confidence, because it truly changed everything! It changes the way you carry yourself, the way you walk in a room; you become happier now in this present moment and stop waiting to be happy when “I just lose 10 pounds” or “get rid of my love handles”. I want women in all shapes and sizes to just love themselves today, exactly where they are. Because you are you, flaws and all -- you are perfect. The flaws make us who we are and honestly, wouldn’t you rather be you?
It has taken me a long time to learn that I was enough. For years, I thought if I just “weighed this much”, then I would be happy. The truth is I lost the weight, and then some and it didn’t make me happy at all. In fact, I felt worse because I reached my goal and didn’t find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Through my journey I have learned that to be happy in my body was a choice, and it was one that only I get to make. It’s not always easy, I get it…..that’s why I wanted to share some tried and true practices that helped (and still help) me to overcome my body image hang-ups and allow me to feel confident in the way I look today and every day. There are basically 8 of them. I’m sharing half today, and I will post the rest later, so that you have a chance to get some practice in.Read More