Weekly weigh ins. Body fat testing with the numbers posted so everyone could see. Extra cardio. Shamed for eating a cheeseburger. Protein shakes for dinner. Made to feel like my worth was in my weight. .
High school can be rough for a girls body image. Mine was too. I played volleyball for 10 years, and as a competitive athlete my body was held to a high standard. Chubby girls don't jump as high or move as fast.
By the time I was a senior I high school I was so miserable for being singled out I tried to find ways to graduate early so I could get out of the club that was seriously causing me a lot of pain.
That didn't happen, and for that I'm actually grateful. Senior year ended up being awesome--we competed in Beijing, won the Junior Olympics, and I ended up as All American.
It def left some mental scars though. Is that food healthy? If so, I thought I could eat as much of it as I want. If it's not, I couldn't touch it. I became obsessed with health and nutrition and had disordered eating habits.
That's why I really do try to preach balance, especially in my online support groups. Food is FOOD. What you eat doesn't determine your worth, neither does your weight. .
Love yourself NOW, even if you aren't at your goal. Appreciate the journey and what your body can DO. .
Life is meant to be enjoyed--not to wait UNTIL you reach some arbitrary number. .
What can you do today to show yourself some love? Have you ever had disordered eating or an unhealthy relationship with food?