With permission of my friend, Madelyn Oney, I’ve been given the privilege to use her Instagram post on body image and beauty as today’s blog post. First of all, I have to applaud her courage and vulnerability in allowing me to repost this. I hope you girls find her example as inspiring as I did.
So I’m not gonna lie the first thing I felt when I saw this picture was loathing. I felt like my face was too fat and I looked disgusting and thought of how I needed to work out more often, and eat less, and lose weight in general.
But then I remembered to ask myself, why do you think that?
“Because you’re fat,” screams every lying part of my brain.
But having fat on my body doesn’t make me unacceptable? My size does not determine my value. My weight means nothing in terms of now or forever. This is something I’ve had to work on beating into my head over the past few months as I’ve been trying to recover from disordered eating and warped body image.
I don’t say any of this because I need to be validated. That’s something that can’t come from other people. I am who I am in Christ and that’s all that matters. I’m saying this because I want to be able to share my struggles and let other people know that it’s not uncommon. You’re not crazy. It happens I’ve been praying for a long time about what I can do to reach out to other people who have gone through and are currently going through body image struggles and I’m ready to put myself out here and see what God does next. Until then I will keep wearing polka-dots and learning how to love myself in pictures
Do any of you ever struggle to see beauty in your body image? How have you worked to overcome a negative body image?