Weight is a sensitive subject. People always have something to say about your appearance, no matter your size.
'You could do with losing a few pounds.'
'You're too thin, eat a burger.'
'You're so fat, look at that muffin top.'
'You're too tall to be that skinny, you look ill.'
I've had my fair share of issues with my weight and how I feel about my size.
As a teenager, I didn't worry about what I ate. I ate relatively healthy but was happy to eat crisps, sweets, chocolate and takeaways whenever I fancied it. My weight wasn't a problem, I was a healthy weight and I was happy. That changed once I turned 18. I started to put weight on, particularly in my stomach and thighs, as is genetic for my family. It became a weight on my mind, so to speak - pun intended. The older I got, the more weight I put on and the more unhappy I became. As of right now, I am 21 years old, I am 5ft 2in and I weigh 10st 9.5lbs (or 69.8kg/149.5lbs.) Now that may not sound like a lot but for my height and age, that is classed as overweight. I hardly fit into my size 12 jeans anymore and I have horrible jagged purple stretch marks on the inside of both of my thighs. I feel disgusting and fat and I truly hate my body. I try to lose weight by exercising whenever I can and eating fruit and vegetables and trying to cut back on the chocolate and the sweets, but nothing seems to stick. I lose a few pounds, I feel great, and then a week later, those pounds are back on and I feel worse than ever.
I know that this whole article is going to seem very hypocritical. Who am I to talk about losing weight and feeling body positive when I’ve just spent a paragraph talking about how I struggle to lose weight and hate my body? I get it. However, these are some things that I tell myself when I’m down about not losing weight and when I’m at my lowest with my body confidence. These things are important things to remember when you’re losing weight, and they’re designed to give you a little boost of confidence when you’re feeling like all hope is lost. If they work for me, they might also work for someone else.
The main thing that I want you to take from this article is that losing weight can be difficult and it can be stressful. I completely understand that. But if you really want to lose weight, then you can do it if you put your mind to it. Work hard and stay positive. However, if you are happy with your body and your size, then don't change for anyone. What other people say does not matter if you are happy. Your opinion is the only one that truly matters.
As promised, below are links to five of Carrie’s amazing body positivity videos. Some of the things she raises in them are super important and so I highly recommend you give a few minutes to each of them because I think that you will genuinely feel better for it: