You are what you think. So choose your thoughts wisely.Listening to a recent @atpscience podcast, Matt’s story of hating a particular childhood photo as he felt he looked fat in it (even though he wasn’t) really resonated with me. It reminded me of when I was a kid growing up, being chubbier than your average 80’s kid. I grew into hating having my photo taken, and after being labelled fat one too many times, this is what I identified myself as. It didn’t matter how smart I was, how many friends I had or what a good person I was, I was fat and I allowed that to define me. Queue the all too familiar cycle of poor body image, warped relationships with food, shame, guilt and self hatred. And then I really did get ‘fat’, until I decided I had had enough and that I needed to rewrite that story.It’s been a long process of self discovery, with ups and downs, it’s never been easy, in fact I’ll always be a work in progress, but that in itself is a good thing. There’s always room for improvement, to be better than yesterday.Along that journey I’ve learned so much more about myself than how to lose weight, I’ve learned what I want, need and and must do to live the life I want to live and feel proud of myself.If this resonates with you, maybe it’s time you made a change. Decide where you want to be and start working toward it. Stop de-valueing yourself and accepting the story you’ve been told or have been telling yourself. You don’t have to accept things as they are, you CAN change the script. We spend so much time and money on avoiding the pain, we could focus all of that energy rewriting the story, and living happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives. Ultimately the choice is yours, and the power is in your hands and your hands alone.

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