Stop trying to live up to what society and the media say you should look like. If you want to change the way your body looks do it for you, not them. Do it for better health and quality of life, more energy and strength, less fatigue and pain; to feel good about what you can and have accomplished at whatever part of the journey you're on.
Mikayla has felt the negative effects of body shaming from both sides. Through her elementary schools years people made her feel uncomfortable in her own body because she was "chubby". Mid-junior high she became active on the YMCA swim team, hit a growth spurt, and through high school she blossomed into a tall, thin young woman who was then made fun of for being too skinny and not having "curves". To this day she still battles with the psychological scars that come with being judged as too fat or too skinny in the eyes of our society and people who make fun of others in an attempt to make themselves feel better. In the end, she decided to start working out to be healthier and stronger; not to chase the unrealistic dream of having the perfect body so that everyone will love you.
There will always be critics, naysayers, and just downright mean people that will judge you no matter what you look like. Make a decision to be better than they are and build others up! We need to stop the body shaming on both sides and start encouraging one another instead. Love yourself and love others too! "And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men..." 1 Thessalonians 3:12
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