Body Confidence- Accepting things you can't change


I think body confidence is something we all struggle with- whether you're a size 6 or a size 16, we all have things that we'd like to change about our bodies. Sometimes this can be a positive thing, because it can encourage you to lead a healthier lifestyle, but it can also have a negative impact on your confidence and feelings of self worth, especially when there are things you can't change.


I've always struggled with my body because I'm naturally broad and also have a tendency to gain weight when I just look at chocolate. To add to that, I have extremely small/virtually non-existing boobs, which is something that has always massively bothered me because it doesn't fit in with my large frame. I do however have a small waist (in relation to the rest of my body) and a good bum, if I may say so myself.
Unfortunately, no matter how much I exercise or how much weight I lose, I'm never going to have skinny legs because my knees are stupidly big (thanks a lot arthritis) and even if I starved myself I would never be able to fit into a size 8 because my bones are just too big. This can be really discouraging when you're trying to lose weight and get fitter, because the body you want is out of reach, no matter how hard you work. When I look at 'Fitspo' online, I see so many images of skinny, toned women, who look absolutely incredible, which puts me down because I know that I can never look like that.
I realise this post is incredibly winey, but it get's better, trust me. In an attempt to start accepting my body I've been looking for pictures of women who have my body type and are incredibly fit. I found Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, who is a female crossfitter and one of the most gorgeous women I've ever seen- and she's not tiny! It made me feel so much better to find an inspiration that is actually realistic for me. While I know that I'll never look like her because let's face it, I just don't have the willpower and determination, I'm finding it much easier to accept my body as it is.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that you should strive to accept the things you can't change and change the things you can (if they bother you). If you need inspiration, find someone that actually has the same body type as you, because it'll make you feel a lot better. If you're a small girl then go ahead, use a Victoria's Secret model as your inspiration! If you're bigger, I recommend a google search for crossfitters because there's some amazingly fit women with a bigger build out there!
For now, I'm going to leave you with this picture of my dream body. It's always nice to have something to work towards...

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