“Happy girls are the prettiest” – Audrey Hepburn
This woman was always on point. Ladies let’s face it, when women are in a good place emotionally, physically, and financially, we are rocking it! We walk with more confidence down the runway of life.
Seventy plus pounds overweight, I was starting to see the negative effects those extra pounds had on not only my physical health, but also on my mental health. I was in a pretty bad emotional place. Not only because I hated how I looked, but because it wreaked insane havoc on my hormones and metabolism. I was stressing out over how I was going to fix my health. In November 2015, I decided that I seriously needed to make a change – I need this body more than it needs me.
I’ve realized that loving yourself isn’t necessarily about accepting who you are or what you look like and loving it, it’s about caring for yourself and your vessel enough to always grow physically and mentally. It’s about loving yourself ENOUGH to treat yourself as a shrine. Worship your body by keeping it healthy.
All of us are beautiful. It doesn’t matter if you are a size two or size twenty, we are all gorgeous. BUT. And this is a big BUT, I feel that we need to be healthy.
If you are a size 00 or 20 and your lab numbers (blood glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, etc) are in the range of awesomeness, then rock on. But, if they aren’t, it’s important to keep in mind to love the skin you’re in enough to push yourself – make the needed changes to get yourself to a point of being healthy. If that means shrinking or expanding your waist by five inches, so be it! This isn’t about fat shaming or telling the skinny-minnies to gain weight to look healthy or be beautiful…it’s about getting ourselves to a point of being healthy enough to ensure we get the most out of the time we have on this planet – and most importantly, enjoying the ride.
Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE. The word itself says ‘I’M POSSIBLE'”.
This blog is meant to be an inspiration to all women to love the skin we’re in…to love ourselves, our bodies, our minds. It’s not really meant to focus on me, per se; however, it will be a reflection of what I’m going through on this new journey. Even if my intention is to help motivate us all to do the best for ourselves and to make what we think is IMPOSSIBLE, POSSIBLE, creating this blog is also meant to help keep me accountable to be the best I can for myself, my friends, and most importantly, my family.
Laugh like Audrey Hepburn
Let’s start with the first challenge – LAUGHTER. Life presents us all with a multitude of trying challenges all throughout our days on this earth. But, what kind of boring experience would it be without those obstacles?
Every time we face a hurdle in our household, I always say that everything will work out in the end.
How many times have you encountered an obstacle thinking that it was the greatest challenge of your life? Now, look back at those same challenges. Do they still seem as big of a deal as you thought they were at the time? I’d say, most likely not. Keep this in mind when you work through it. Stay positive knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
I am asking you to remember to LAUGH. Every day, just laugh. If you can’t be the source of the comedy, surround yourself with someone who can be. It doesn’t matter if it’s a good or bad day. Just laugh.
When you face your next challenge, find a reason to smile and laugh. It will not only lift your spirits, but will give you the energy to push through and get to the other side a hell of a lot faster, and more easily.
I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most. To laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” – Audrey Hepburn.
Like I said, Hepurn was always on point. Listen to the woman – LAUGH