Because of what media continually projects to teenage girls (and tweens) these days, we all have this mentality that being stick thin or having that Victoria Secret body is the only definition of beauty. For me, there are 3 main things that I keep in mind when it comes to my body.
1. Like they always say, you will never be younger than you are now. Eat what you want and enjoy every piece of it. Personally, I’ve always been generally conscious about my body– thanks to skating. Some sports, such as Figure Skating, tend to call for stick thin girls and this is something I don’t really have. I eat… a lot, with limits, of course, but I always make it a point to enjoy life. So don’t deprive yourself from that strawberry panna cotta you’ve been craving for. Take a bite and cherish its taste.
2. No one should ever be able to tell you that your body is not right.
The fact that I’ve seen numerous articles and posts about how some teens these days have done terrible things to themselves like starving themselves or even cutting themselves due to disappointments of their body is what really makes me feel devastated. There’s no one else out there who has more knowledge than you when it comes to how beautiful your body is- not a gym trainer, not a casting agent, and not even your mom. It’s all you. Besides, it is your body after all, isn’t it?
3. Exercise is key.
Okay, so I have to admit that I’m also really lazy at times. I tend to stay in and watch Gossip Girl on my laptop for hours instead of taking my dog for a walk. Immediately afterwards, I start to feel the guilt of not exercising… even the slightest bit! Taking a 10-minute walk everyday makes a huge difference about how you feel about your body. Believe me: the more you exercise, the better you’ll feel about your fit body (and you’ll thank yourself 50 years from now!).
Remember this, though. In the end, it’s YOUR body. YOU decide what happens to it and how beautiful it is. So love it, because no one out there has the exact same one.
Top from Abercrombie & Fitch Pants from Uniqlo Sandals from Birkenstock Watch from Baby-G Taken at Crosswinds Tagaytay
And for the record:
SM also just launched their new campaign, Dare to Denim. Dare to Denim is “a body-positive campaign, where a woman who isn’t necessarily size 0, or a woman past her twenties, can point and say, ‘Oh, that’s like me!'” (Meryll Yan). It consists of different ages, sizes, body types, styles, and activities yet all share the same thing: being an SM WOMAN. This serves as a reminder to all of us that no matter how you look, you are beautiful.