For most of my teenage years growing up I struggled majorly with body Image. It most definitely wasn’t to the point of an eating disorder as such but I remember constantly comparing myself to other girls. I would even compare my self to my closest friends. I struggled in the way of not being able to accept myself, It wasn’t to say that my teenage years weren’t fun because they were but there was always those horrible thoughts about myself in the back of my mind.
I was about 13-16 years old when I broke out with really bad acne. This was the beginning of the unfolding of my body issues. I remember sitting down for lunch with my friends at school everyday admiring their perfect skin whilst mine was red, ugly and inflamed. I did absolutely everything I could to try and make my skin flawless and I mean EVERYTHING! It got to the point where I would scratch my face so much that it bled. I was so ridiculously unhappy with the way I looked. It wasn’t until I was about 16 that I decided to go on the pill. ( I am 100% against taking medication, I feel our bodies are made to fight off anything bad themselves) in saying that it really helped balance out my hormones, my period and my skin.
So after my skin cleared I still managed to find other things to pick at that weren’t right about my body, this continued until my late teen years. I would stand in front of the mirror wishing I was skinnier, wishing I was prettier etc.
Until one day (I am a Christian) I heard Gods voice say to me that he loves me just the way I am, I shouldn’t want to loose weight to be skinny, I should want to exercise to get fit and nourish my body.
Its crazy how one sudden realisation can turn your whole world around. One of my most favourite Quotes is “Change your thoughts and you’ll change your world” its amazing how true it is.
We were all made as unique beautiful beings, we have different personalities and we are all different shapes and sizes. I believe it is so important to accept yourself the way your were made. Set goals for yourself to achieve, go chase your dreams and do the things you love and make you happy. Rock what you got and be proud of it because you are amazing!!!
Post : By Bethany Calverley.