Hello my lovelies! I hope you have all had a happy Christmas and a very peaceful few days in the lead up to the end of the year! And of course, because we’re coming up to the New Year, New Years resolutions are popping up all over the place.
Which brings me to this post. For as long as I can remember, I have made New Years resolutions each year; and EVERY SINGLE ONE has been about how my body looks and my weight. It’s always along the lines of: I will lose weight, I will drop a dress size, I will change my body, I will go to the gym 6 times a week, I will stop eating certain foods etc. etc. etc.
This year I REFUSE to make a resolution about changing my body.
Now, some of you who are subscribed to my blog will know that I have spoken out about my body image issues and having suffered with Anorexia (see my previous post about it here!). Well, this past year I have been lucky enough to get some help and support and I am happy to announce that I am in recovery!
Writing this post came from seeing everyone’s resolutions on social media, with the majority of them being about their bodies and how they want them to look; and before I started my recovery journey, mine would have been like that too. I started thinking about what I want for the new year ahead and for the first time in.. well forever, I don’t know what my resolution should be if it isn’t about my appearance.
Here’s why I’m refusing to make my new years resolutions about my body:
- My body does NOT need to change to be beautiful. It already is.
- Resolving to eat less food/calories is stupid, food is fuel and we need energy to do all the amazing things we want to accomplish.
- Food is not ‘good’ or ‘bad’ it’s just food.
- Taking up less space does NOT mean I am a better human being.
- Losing weight does not solve all your problems.
- Spending hours in the gym trying to make my body into something it’s naturally not supposed to be is useless. And boring!
Here’s when it’s okay to make a new years resolution about your body:
- Deciding to get help with a medical condition or something you’ve been struggling with.
- Deciding to love your body.
- Resolving to develop a healthy relationship with food and exercise. And no I don’t mean deciding to go on a so-called ‘healthy’ diet that makes you hate yourself and feel guilty for eating!!
So, because I am not making any resolutions to do with changing my body here are some resolutions that I AM making:
- Riding my bike to work instead of driving so I become more confident in cycling. (I just got my first bike this Christmas!)
- Read more.
- Continue writing my blog, it’s by far one of the best things I decided to do this past year and I absolutely love it!
- Learning to love my body more for everything it is and does.
- Wearing clothes that I feel comfortable and confident in, regardless of what other people think.
- Raise some money for charity. (you can check out my JustGiving page for MIND here if you want to!)
Those are just a few of my many resolutions for the new year; and I just want to share with you how much I truly appreciate every single one of you for reading, commenting, liking and interacting with me on here. You have made my year so happy and I can’t thank you enough for all of your support! What’re your new years resolutions? Let me know if the comments!!
I hope you all have a great New Years Eve and a very Happy New Year! Love,
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