No matter your size, shape, age or gender, it is human for us to battle our bodies from time to time. This is the open and honest story of one woman's journey to finding self-love and peace with herself.
For Hedy Philips, her body had been considered 'chubby' since childhood. It never had held her back. She was a successful cheerleader on high school and ate incredibly healthy despite carrying extra weight.
"After one of my last cheerleading competitions my senior year in high school, a mom of a young girl on a different squad pulled me aside and thanked me. I asked her what she was thanking me for, and she told me I was a role model for her daughter who thought she was too heavy to be a successful cheerleader." Hedy recalls.
The impact of those words carried Hedy on a high note into college. But without the structure of her high school sports forcing her to get active and the added stress of her studies, she began to gain more weight.
"I started down a dangerous path that I nearly didn't pull myself out of." Hedy says of her eating and exercise habits.
She started on a diet regime with the help of a doctor, and shed 50 pounds. But Hedy still felt overweight, and that became a stigma she held onto more than she ever had before. Becoming obsessed with being 'skinny' overrode her to want to be healthy. No matter how hard she fought, her genetics wouldn't allow her to slip into a size 0. She had lost the confidence she gained from being a role model to that little cheerleading fan. She had lost herself.
"I've come to realize that what's great about the world we live in today is that, even though it seems like models are getting thinner and thinner, society seems to be getting more and more comfortable with highly visible people who aren't stick-thin." Hedy says.
This realization helped her reframe her thought process and get back to basics. She now eats well, exercises and is comfortable with being a plus-sized woman. Approaching 30, Hedy has finally put her body battles to rest.
"I've decided it's time to stop being mad at myself. It's time to stop constantly agonizing over the number on the scale and the number on the tag in my pants. It's time to embrace being thick. It's time to embrace being curvy."
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Source: Pop Sugar
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