I have friends on diets. Friends who read my blog and tell me how much they like what I say. Friends who read the research on dieting (for a bunch of research you can check out this post.) I have friends on food restriction diets, reconstituted soy protein diets, weight watchers, Atkins etc. Somebody asked me today if it bothers me.
Not at all.
We hear a lot about taking the road less traveled by – which is the one I’ve decided to take. You can also take the one most traveled by – and that, too, will make all the difference. Either way it’s always your choice.
I’ve talked in this blog about my take on inspiration. You can read the full post here – basically I believe that you can never inspire or empower anyone. All that I think any of us can do is present an option and people can choose to walk toward it or away from it, So all I ever want to do is present an option.
Here is my option:
- You could love yourself, right now.
- Your relationship with your body could be healed. You could start being grateful to your body for everything it does instead of buying into a bunch of marketing designed to make you feel like that you are the wrong shape and size and that you are flawed and unattractive.
- You could reject the diet industry and the message that makes them $60,000,000,000 a year and decide to pursue health through healthy behaviors, and stop worrying about what shape or size it comes in.
- You could take the time to learn what food and drink and movement and how much you and your body like (by trial and error if necessary) instead of allowing someone else (Jenny Craig?) to decide that for you.
- You could decide that you are the only person who gets decides how you feel about yourself. It’s called SELF-esteem. Not my-mom-esteem, or boss-esteem…
- You could love yourself right now. Right. This. Second.
- You could decide that there is nothing in the world that can stop you from loving yourself and your body because that’s what you choose and you are willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.
That’s my option. It’s not easy at first – at least it wasn’t for me. I have found it to be worth it. You could try it out and if you don’t like it, you could go back – you could choose something else. I’m not about making other people’s choices for them. My choices have lead to a place of health, happiness and where I love my body, and I love how I look naked. I hope everyone else’s choices get them exactly where they want to go.