I am 27 years old, 5'5" and weigh about 150 pounds.
There was a time when anything over 125-130 pounds scared me - like if I went over that I was fat. Well then college came around and I quickly put on some weight. Not a ton, but I went over that "scary" number. It made me feel unhappy and unconfident in myself which led me to not take care of myself like I should have been.
It finally hit me during the Spring of 2014 when I went in for a doctors appointment and I was labeled as "overweight." I couldn't believe it.
I started to workout more, but I wasn't taking it that seriously since I was still so focused on that stupid number.
It's funny. Now that I've started to not let the number on the scale bother me as much, I've started to see more changes in my body, clothes have been fitting me better and I feel confident for the first time in my life. If only I could have realized this earlier, I would have saved myself from years of looking at my body in disgust and picking out all of my flaws...years of mourning over the body that I wished I had...
No one should ever do that to themselves. What a waste of time and energy. We should be putting effort into the things we enjoy doing, the ones we love...not sitting around depressed because our bodies aren't what society says they should be.
My weight may go up again, it may go down, but whatever happens, I will no longer let my weight define me, nor will I let it hold me back anymore. I'm going to embrace the body that have no matter what stage I'm in and I'm going to ALWAYS live my life to the fullest #youshouldtoo 🌻