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  • Writer's pictureNicole Ogg

You are beautiful, and it’s time you believe it.

I’ve been thinking and I really want to know...Why is that when someone tells us that we’re beautiful, perfect, or gives us any kind of compliment, we deny it? We don’t believe it or accept it. But when someone tells us that we are fat, ugly, and puts us down, we believe it?

But seriously, think about it.


Who cares if you used to be a size 4 and now you’re a size 10? You do, not me, or your friends, or your family, and if your significant other does...well maybe it’s time to reevaluate that relationship. The truth is, life happens, health happens, trauma happens, our bodies change.

There is nothing we can do (right now) about what society and the media say about women and the “expectations” for how we are supposed to look. Unfortunately, that is going to take some time to change. But what we do have control over is how we talk to ourselves, what we think about ourselves, the love that we give to our bodies, and how we feel in our bodies.

I once read a quote that said:

“Stop worrying about what other people think of you and focus on yourself instead. Focus on what makes you happy; focus on what makes your soul feel at peace. You are your biggest commitment, so start loving your flaws, your awkwardness, your weirdness, your intensity, and your vulnerability. Life becomes so much more fulfilling when you are simply yourself. The world keeps spinning whether people understand you or not, so why not make this next trip around the sun about you?” -Charlotte Freeman (posted on @momentaryhappiness Instagram page)

Now, I know this quote isn’t necessarily speaking about the love for our bodies and feeling beautiful in our own skin, no matter the size, shape, or imperfections, but that is exactly what I thought about when I read it. I noticed that when I started embracing my body for what it was and what I could change about it, I was happier. A lot happier. I learned to embrace my nose. I’ve hated my nose for years but a lot of people love it, and now my baby cousin has my same exact nose and I love it! And my body changes. Over the last few years my womanly figure has taken shape and instead of trying to squeeze into shorts or jeans that were a size too small, I donated the small sizes and treated myself to new clothes that fit my new body!

Another quote that really resonated with me:

“Your best weight is whatever weight you reach when you’re living the healthiest life you actually enjoy.” (posted on @kayla_itsines Instagram page)

Lord knows I've struggled with fluctuating weight and body image issues my whole life. But over the last few years I've been working to love the parts of my body that I used to "hate". To point out a couple, my will never be flat. And you know what? I'm okay with that because I sure as hell am not giving up carbs and the occasional alcoholic beverage because eating good food and going out with my friends makes me HAPPY! And my legs...the legs that gave me the opportunity to play 4 years of college volleyball and still allow me to be a super active 29 year could I hate them?! Sure they make it challenging to fit in pants sometimes. But they're strong. They literally carry me every single day without fail. And, they allow me to go out and dance the night away (with the alcohol that's not helping me get a flat stomach) with my friends, which makes me HAPPY! I workout with my trainer 2 times a week, I do adult gymnastics and I still regularly play volleyball and sometimes after a workout or a game, I smash some wings and fries and drink an alcoholic beverage. BUT I AM HAPPY! So, stop worrying about what you think you need to look like and start working on your best weight to live the healthiest life you actually enjoy! Go slay, my friends!

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