Let’s get real for a moment. I live in my own little world inside an optimistic bubble. But every once in a while that bubble gets popped, leaving me exposed to the harsh but honest reality of the world we live in. As a child and until 3 yrs ago, I always had a healthy self esteem. So, what changed? After getting married and having health issues, I gained 40 lbs in one year. This week was tough, I felt terrible about myself. It happens to the best of us right? Well, to make it worse I had someone comment on my weight.
Since we’ve lived in Ecuador, I’ve lost about 20 lbs and my health has improved. Physically, I feel so much better! The hardest part is when I look in a mirror. I still don’t see myself like I used to. I look at myself and I don’t see change. What doesn’t help is when someone reminds you of your insecurity. I don’t believe that your insecurities should define you. I think we should work hard to rise beyond them.
If you don’t like it, change it. I have. I started to eat less junk food and more veggies. I started to exercise, something I really don’t like doing. The thought of sweat? Yuck! The thought of a gym? Too many people and what does that machine do?… My point is that if you have an insecurity, don’t hide behind it, do something about it. Don’t let it ruin your day and don’t put others down to make yourself feel better – because it won’t help. We girls need to stick together and help build each other up. Instead of focusing on the negative, focus on the great qualities and attributes of yourself and others. Pay someone a compliment – you’ll feel good about it and they will like you that much more for it. After thinking about how much I’ve lost already and the changes I made to get there, I felt a lot better. I got dressed, put on some red lipstick and went out to a movie with the hubs. I felt so much better.
If you ever have a bad day, just remember – You’re beautiful! Don’t ever let yourself or anyone else make you think otherwise. Thanks for listening and like always feel free to express your thoughts in the comment section down below. Now, if you’ll excuse me I need to jump back into my bubble.