One of the things Lara and I have learned in this process of Peace with Food is that if you want to walk in peace and freedom you have to get real.
Real with yourself. Real with others.
And we also realized that if we wanted to help others experience the peace we now have we would have to be transparent.
So, hopefully that is what you’ll find here.
Not doctored up.
Not watered down.
But real, raw, and brutally honest.
And speaking of brutally honest, have you ever noticed that diets and weight loss programs rarely talk about some of the more . . . what shall I call it . . personal stuff? Sure, they will talk about what to eat and how to exercise, but when it comes to self image and the way you perceive your body, it is . . .
But not here. So let me share with you a snapshot of my self-image and my body.
Most of my life I was not happy with my body. My biggest area of contention?
I had always wanted pencil-shaped thighs, the ones like Carrie Underwood and many of the models you see in magazines, not the drumstick shaped ones I was blessed with (yes, I now actually see them as a blessing!).
So, off I went – pursuing my mission of pencil-shaped thighs! I went on many strict diets (obviously before PWF) and finally lost a significant amount of weight getting me down to an all-time low. And here is the crazy thing. I actually loved the way I looked, the way I fit in my clothes, and the way I felt. But because I was so obsessed with getting those pencil-shaped thighs I couldn’t even enjoy the body I had. Talk about missing the forest for the trees!
My all-or-nothing mindset (which by the way I overcame via Peace with Food – yet another perk of PWF!) would not allow me to enjoy my life and my body. It saddens me to think of the parts of my life I wasted because I couldn’t enjoy my life unless I was “perfect”. And it makes me all that more determined to help others break free from this insane cycle.
It took me getting down to the bottom of my BMI to realize that I would never have Carrie’s pencil-shaped thighs, but it was Peace with Food that got me to the point where I don’t care about those thighs anymore. I have learned to accept me “as is”. Sure, I’ll strive to change those parts of me (both inside and out) that are within my control, but I’m not going to extremes and I’ll only do what gives me peace.
What is your version of Carrie Underwood thighs? If you were given one wish and could change any part of you, what would it be?
Own up to it. Admit. And be honest.
Is it within your power to change? If so, will the requirements to do so bring peace?
If not, I hope you’ll let it go and learn from my lesson:
Life’s too short not to embrace your imperfect self and get back to the most important things in life.
Get real about your self-image. Change what you can change and let go of the rest. It is time to embrace life!