I’ve pretty much have always struggled with my body image and how I perceive myself. I can’t remember a time that I felt comfortable and content with my looks, but more importantly my weight. Everyone has heard of the “Freshmen 15” and as a girl who has spent a majority of my life focused on my body, I was pretty intimated about going to college and gaining weight. I was finally at a point where I was starting to feel good about my looks and the idea that I would gain 15 pounds seemed to terrify me.
As my first semester of freshmen year is coming to an end, I can confidently say that I have avoided the “Freshmen 15”. I say this not because I know that I haven’t gained weight (I found it’s better to avoid the scale when possible), but I know I’ve avoided it because I learned to accept my body.
My weight has fluctuated most of life, and I have a feeling that this pattern won’t change. While I might not fully be in control of how I feel about my body, the one thing I can control is accepting my changing body. My face might be chubby than normal but my skin is clearer and I get outside and do more. My body is changing, and while it’s something I might not be used it; it’s totally normal and perfect.
The truth of this post is that I have avoided the “Freshmen 15” because I learned to accept my changing body. If you do find yourself struggling with your body image, just know that you aren't alone and remember that you are just a person. So many others might experience the same feelings as you, but it's nothing to be ashamed of.
Now all these motivational words and ideals are great in all, but the hardest part can actually be adopting this mindset. I'll admit it that when I first noticed the changes in my body that it drove me insane, but after some serious reflecting and practicing self love that it seemed to not matter.
I made a promise to take better care of myself: clean up my diet a little, drink more water and less soda, avoid bored eating, meditate, journal, and spend less time sitting around. These changes are positive and feasible rather than just having the end goal of looking thin and beating myself up for my changing body.
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