I’m having a day. A real grumpy, annoying, tiring day. What I REALLY wanted do was bitch and moan, but instead I skipped the gym and took myself shopping for Jamaica…which I think was a healthy alternative. I’ve also decided to experiment with crop tops, so there’s that.
I’m trying really hard to be as real as possible on this blog. So I want everyone to know that I am in a seriously bad mood. Like, shouldn’t be near sharp objects or heavily machinery kind of mood. That being said, I wanted to share a few things that sometimes make me feel better when I’m having “a day”.
I think the most important thing I have learned from my recovery is that the media has the ability to fill my head with millions of reasons to hate my body. Photoshop alone must be responsible for billions of eating disorders world wide. The media gives us friendly reminders every minute of every day that we are not good enough. Our waists are not small enough, are thighs touch too much, our necks are too short, our fingers are too chubby*, our nail beds suck. HOWEVER! We ARE good enough. We are MORE than good enough. Small waists, thigh gaps, long legs, and awesome nail beds do not make you a good person. Being a good person is what makes you beautiful. Being you is what makes you beautiful.
*my fingers are freakishly chubby and resemble sausages in the summertime. That’s life!
Cindy Crawford famously said, “I wish I looked like Cindy Crawford” in response to her retouched photos. I think it’s easy for us to all forget that our perception of perfection doesn’t actually exist. No one looks like that. Seriously. Humans look like humans!
So, yeah, sure, we all have bad days. That’s normal. Sometimes we need some retail therapy. Sometimes we need some wine
or and chocolate. Sometimes we really need to bitch and moan. Sometimes we hear the ED voice, even in recovery. It’s letting the bad day go that’s key. Tomorrow is a new day.
So that’s about as motivational I can be today. Want more? Take the Representation Project Pledge and help fight against sexism and objectification in the media! There’s even an app where you can throw some shade on ads and stamp them with a big fat #NOTBUYINGIT tag.
If you need another reminder of how ridiculously good looking you are, snap a selfie then read this article on Buzzfeed.
Suck it up, buttercup!