One Rider’s Radical SHiFT

Kate Moss once said, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” Even at the peak of my issues with eating, I couldn’t understand what she meant. For me, “skinny” felt isolated. “Skinny” meant avoiding social events in fear of there being food present. “Skinny” felt literally and figuratively cold.  Feeling “skinny” left me drained and hopeless.  “Skinny” NEVER felt “good”.

 Here is what I have discovered – NOTHING feels as good as radical acceptance of myself. 

When I look in the mirror, I see beyond how my body physically looks. I see my body as a vehicle that allows me to accomplish amazing feats. My body has pushed bike pedals for an hour. It has ran five miles, allowed me to swim under water, dance with my friends, and hold the people I love.

Bodies are so much more than appearance. If everyone focused on the power our bodies have, rather than if they fit society’s standard of a “perfect body”, we would be able to recognize how miraculous we really are.

I made the SHiFT. Instead of measuring the size of my waist, or obsessing over a number on a scale, I ask myself one thing before my head hits my pillow at the end of the night; “Am I stronger than I was when I woke up this morning?” Did I work to the best of my ability both mentally and physically? Did I do something for the good of myself or others? Since I’ve radically accepted myself, the answer has always been yes. I don’t need a scale to come to that conclusion.

 I challenge myself today and always to remember where my body has gotten me, where I am now, and where my body will take me. I challenge you to do the same. 

 

Written with Blogger Emily Webster 

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