How are you going, old friend? Sorry I haven’t written in a while, you know how life gets, but I promise I’m going to make more of an effort to listen to you from now on.
So body, get this: Last week I was out clothes shopping with my friends (which I semi-dreaded because who the heck doesn’t shop online these days?) when I heard the woman in the next change room say, ‘Damn, I look amazing.’
Her comment caught me by surprise. Not only do these words rarely come out of a woman’s mouth (no matter how often we may internally applaud ourselves), but this woman wasn’t a Victoria Secret model. She had lumps, bumps and soft spots. By any definition, she was ‘normal’. She was a normal woman who loved her body.
Body, the woman’s statement made me realise how little I tell you I love you. Because of the soft spots and the lack of a flat stomach, I’ve often convinced myself you were ‘ugly.’ The media and societal pressures haven’t helped either.
Every day tabloids and glossy mags print headlines about celebrities who’ve ‘lost 50 kgs in a year!’ or ’10 ways to feel body confident this summer,’ usually accompanied with pictures of women with model-liked bodies who have definitely been Photoshopped.
Even when women ‘win,’ we’re still not perfect.
As you know, body, I have written previously about my struggles with weight and social anxiety. I said I wanted to do something about it.
I always thought that losing weight will make me love my body. But it’s so much bigger than that. What I’ve realised is that I don’t just want to lose weight, I want to revamp my lifestyle – and Weight Watchers’ new Program, Your Way, understands that. They’ve created a three-dimensional, lifestyle-focused approach, based on three pillars: Food, Fit and Feel.
And with that in mind, you’ll have noticed that from just a month on the Program my eating and lifestyle habits have changed dramatically.
Body, I think you’ve guessed by now exercise and I have never been friends, heck we’re not even acquaintances these days. But I knew making small changes in what I do meant I needed to start moving my body more, too. And the easiest way to do that has been to fit movement within my day-to-day life, so I’ve started walking to work a few times a week and swimming laps in my lunch break (which you kindly let me remember the day after).