Originally published June 20, 2016 on the Huffington Post.

Exercise, for me, is no longer about pushing my body to extremes or trying to change myself. It’s about showing my body love through movement.

I’m a lifelong athlete, and I grew up cultivating the ability to push my body to new limits. I also had a deeply ingrained belief that my body was overweight and unacceptable, and that I had to lose weight in order to be happy with my body.

My time in the military only served to reinforce and amplify these tendencies. Overall, I had a pretty violent relationship with my body—which is to say, my feelings about my body were rooted in wanting to change it and push it to extremes, rather than embracing and appreciating and caring for it . . .

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