There's a chance that if you're reading this, you might think the quote I have below is harsh. That it's not nice or that it's too simplistic.
I'm going to respectfully agree to disagree with you - and I'd love for you to continue reading and find out why!
This is a lesson that I think a lot of us have to learn - it's a lesson that I'm continually reminding myself of because it's a hard one to really let sink in! Each day, though, I'm understanding it more and accepting it more whole-heartedly.
I'm not going to complain about my weight unless I'm willing to do something about it.
Complaining about how we look has become a cultural past-time. We have names for the things we dislike about our bodies - 'muffin top' 'gut' 'thunder thighs' and we can sit around with our friends for hours and ridicule our bodies, naming and numbering everything that we hate. Maybe we joke about it, maybe we cry about it or maybe we get angry about it.
But unless we are willing to do something about it, why bother complaining? Complaining about, ridiculing and berating our bodies does nothing positive for us. It leaves us depressed and it leaves us mad at ourselves for not being 'better'. It makes us believe that we can never have the body we want because we're stuck with the body we have.
So seriously, I'm daring you - whoever you are - whether I know you, am friends with you, love you or have never met you before - stop doing it. Stop complaining and stop picking on yourself. If there are things you want to change, start now. If you're not sure where to start, I would love to help. But no matter how you do it, please stop with the negativity.
It's not worth it.
The next time you feel a complaint about your body coming up, repeat this instead;