I recently found an old journal while doing some cleaning and reorganizing (funny how a New Year does that to you, isn’t it?) I started reading through it, and it brought me to tears. Here is part of my entry from almost 18 years ago:
I sat there and let the tears roll down my face. I was only 25 years old when I wrote that entry. And I have to be really honest with myself–has anything changed in how I feel about my body? I’d like to be able to stand here and tell you that I’m perfectly content in my own skin. But there is a part of me that still looks in the mirror and sees that college girl who gained the Freshmen 30.
I think this is why I am SO passionate about helping women focus on Non Scale Victories (NSVs) instead of a silly number on the scale that only they see anyway. Society has conditioned us to base our self-worth on a number on the scale. But you are worth SO much more!
When I am exercising and fueling my body with clean, whole foods, I feel strong and healthy. I will never have wash-board abs, and I’m okay with that! That’s not a goal of mine whatsoever. But, I do want to be able to be strong enough to push myself to new physical limits! In order to do that, I need to treat my body as a temple and remember that it’s a house for the Holy Spirit.