My Dieting Secret
I grew up feeling massively insecure about my body. I was always a big girl, defying the height/weight charts at the pediatrician’s office. I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t acutely aware of my size.
I went on my first diet at the age of 7. It always felt like a big, shameful secret to me that I needed to lose weight. I was like a weight loss detective, scouring information from every possible source to help me "fix" the "problem" of my higher weight body.
This early introduction to the concept of restricting my eating shaped the way I saw myself, and the world around me. I learned that:
- There are “good” and “bad” food choices
- Less is good and more is bad
- Candy is bad and veggies are good
- You have to work out to compensate for your eating
- Skinny girls get what they want in life, fat girls get left on the sideline
- Being higher weight means you have a moral obligation to constantly be dieting
For most of my life, I wasn't actually aware that I had a problem. I thought this is just the way it was. But once I became a plus size model, I started on an incredible journey of self-discovery that lead me to interrogate how I felt about my body, and the way that I was treating my body.
The Diet Myth
I started to realize just how much of my time, money, energy, and overall resources were being directed towards weight loss, or thoughts about weight loss. As I was gradually able to shift my thinking, and therefore, my feelings and my behavior, I realized that I was able to redirect all of those resources into other things, like pursuing the career of my dreams, and creating a life that I love!
The diet myth teaches us that you have to lose weight and transform your body in order to get the things that you want in life. But this isn't the case, and I'm living proof of that! Since I've broken up with dieting, my life has radically transformed for the better.
This is possible for you too! Like with most addictive behavior, admitting that you have a problem is an important first step in rewiring yourself from a serial dieter in a woman who's radically in love with her body, and her life. Take the quiz below to come clean with yourself!
If you answered mostly "Yes" to these questions, then you might be a serial dieter. But don't fret! Now that you've identified the problem, you're well on your way to solving it!
What do you think? Are you ready to make a change from serial dieter to being radically in love with your body, and your life? Leave a comment and let me know!