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I Threw Out My Yo-Yo: When I Realized That I Was No Longer a Yo-Yo Dieter by Sapphire Lewis
Hey guys! Hope all of you are fabulous and well! As some of you know, I just turned 30 and many things have been happening in my life. On the health front, I have gotten my asthma under control, I am becoming more fit and I exercise almost everyday. It took me 30 years, but I know my body inside and out and I am no longer a fan of fad or yo -yo dieting.
I was 11-years-old when I went on my very first diet. After being teased and taunted about my weight by my peers and parents--Yes my parents! I went on a diet. I ate once a day and my breakfast was a diet pepsi (I did this after my father told me that I was big and fat and I should eat once a day like a plant that is watered once a day--thanks Dad!)
As the years went on, I continued to diet, binge eat and gain weight. I have done it all: The no meat diet, the cabbage soup diet, the no carb diet, the exercising for four hours a day diet….I abused my body so much, I am surprised that I am still standing.
It was not until a few months ago, that I realized how far that I have come. Do I have the body of my dreams? No. But, do I love and appreciate my body at this point? Yes. There are days that I am not happy with how I look, but I would never starve myself or go on some crazy diet like I have in the past. Besides, all women have days where they don't feel to good.
I can say that I am free. Free of people's opinions of my body and my own negative thoughts. I take good care of my body and I indulge on occasion without feeling guilty. I encourage my friends when they try to lose weight the right way and I am an overall good person!
The thing that I am most proud of is that I started to appreciate my body regardless of my size. This body and mind has been through a lot and they are still standing. I know that if I have a daughter I would never taunt my baby girl, but teach her how to love her body and her mind regardless of what people say.
I am a grown woman now…and I no longer play with Yo-yos!
Thanks Sapphire for the realness of this post! I'm sure many of us Fit Fem'rs out there can relate, I know I can!!
Get rid of that "label" you put on yourself and start loving who you are...once you do that, you'll notice yourself working towards a healthier and more fit you! Keep rockin'!!
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