BECOME THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VERSION OF YOU!
At 12 years old is the age of my first body image awareness. My mom and I went to our downtown Founder’s Festival, you know the one with all the sidewalk sales and the carnival-type atmosphere. We were shopping the sales for back-to-school clothes. Finding the cutest white pants that I absolutely fell in love with, I tried them on and proudly fashioned them for my mom. These pants were a size 4. At 12 years old, that is the size society was telling me I should be. Well, the button of these pants barely buttoned. I sucked in my gut and promised my mom I would lose the weight by the start of school so I could fit into these pants. My mom was so loving. She never said “no” however she did talk me out of buying them.
SOCIETY DICTATING MY SIZE, MY SHAPE, MY LOOK – NOT RIGHT.
From that point forward, I’ve always been cognizant of my body image. At 5’9, I’ve always been teased about being tall, always towering over everyone. At a young age, I had big feet (size 11), big ears, horrible acne and I was teased about this relentlessly. Talk about low self-esteem. I had no positive self-image. I made myself a wallflower and stayed in my cocoon.
My entire life I have searched for the PERFECT body image, trying countless “diets” in which some were successful, but none of them stuck. I had the “I’m going on a diet tomorrow so I’m going to eat everything in sight” syndrome. My “diet” started the next day until the sugar cravings hit. BLEW IT again. I’ll start again tomorrow. May as well eat everything I want today because come tomorrow…Pounds added on. Can you relate?
My mission is to spread the word YOU ARE PERFECT JUST THE WAY YOU ARE. You shouldn’t feel you have to weigh a certain weight or be a certain size just because society says you need to be. You want to lose weight, great. Let’s do it in a healthy lifestyle way. I make a choice every day of what I put in my mouth. I make small changes and smart decisions. Don’t feel like you have to deprive yourself. Nothing is off the table. Everything in moderation. Small changes yield big results.
- I am perfect just the weight I am.
- My scale cannot put a value on who I am.
- I am healthy in body|mind| spirit.
- I am happy just as I am.
- I am making smart choices every day on how I fuel my body| how I move my body| how I nourish my soul.
My passion is to help you do the same. Mindset is a powerful gift.