Body Image Reflection

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11 Comments A+ a-


I won't bore you with the details of my childhood horrors of being called fat from the age of 11, but let's say that growing up with that thought and already caring about what I look like from such a young age, moulded the thoughts that I am going to share with you today.

I am 23 years old and I currently wear a size14/16 clothing, the picture above was only taken last year October and to be honest, I probably have gained or just about stayed the same weight I am today. Would I usually take photos like this? HELL NO.

Would you think I was self conscious with posting this picture? Probably not. The truth is, I grew up hating my body, yes I may not think I like the size of my body because of what society has told me that I am not the "right" size. So why did I post this picture? Because I genuinely like it, to me, I don't look as 'big' as I actually am (angles baby girl angles) I still may not look like I have the flattest stomach, but it's much more flattering that my no existent hour glass shape view from the front.

Anyway, my point is, no matter how much weight I loose or work for that hour glass figure, naturally we will always find something else to 'improve' on and don't get me wrong, that's not exactly a bad thing, but when one gets too caught up in all the wrong ideas, you'll never stop and find the true happiness within yourself.

Do I love the way I look? No. Do I at least like it? Err not so much.
Are there some parts of my body I do like? Yes.
I like my ass, my thick thighs, but I don't like my thick calves (mate I can't wear knee high boots because none pass my calves) I like my hands and shape of my fingers, but I don't like my arms.

Okay, you get the point. So, no, I don't completely hate my body, but even if I was to change it, I bet I would find something else to dislike, so now instead of dwelling on what I don't like, I embrace and enhance the features I do like.

We should all be able to embrace what we have, while working for what we want. Hating on yourself all the way through will never bring you happiness, I learnt that the hard way.

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loismay
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Thursday, 30 March, 2017 delete

I totally agree with you and can relate to body image issues from a young age. I love how you have had the confidence to post this picture when you say that you wouldn't normally post a picture like this! I agree that there is always a part of us all which would say oh I want to approve on this or that I do not like myself today because of this. It is only natural. We just have to focus on all the postivies when we most need to. Great read!
Lois x
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Sorrow
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Thursday, 30 March, 2017 delete

I can relate. Although my situation is the opposite. I'm too skinny (no literally my girlfriend is shorter than me but I can fit everything she wears. I'm literally a side like 6 long in women's jeans). Often times as a kid I was told I wasn't a guy and that I was a girl because of how small I was (not only was I thin back then but I was hella short too). So I get where you're coming from. But I'm glad you're not dwelling on things that don't make you happy anymore. That's awesome!

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Eve Morgan
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Thursday, 30 March, 2017 delete

I think body positivity is so important no matter what shape or size you may be. I have the opposite problem. I'm a size 8 but look thinner as I'm tall. I've had people call me anorexic before even though I eat like a pig! I've recently learned to embrace it and not worry what other people think. I love this post, keep up the good work! x
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Kate Emsley
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Thursday, 30 March, 2017 delete

This is such a honest and important post for me. I really struggle with body positivity but your post definitely helped. I know you say it was due to the angle but that photo is 10/10!!
Xxx www.lifeinkateish.wordpress.com

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Thursday, 30 March, 2017 delete

I love then photo - that swim suit looks super flattering and the location looks glorious! Embracing how we look is NOT easy- but it's all we've got! Such an important realization. And working toward what you want is one of the best feelings in the world, isn't it ? :)

Mary Lane @NewYorkCliche
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SazSinclair
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Thursday, 30 March, 2017 delete

Oh this is such an important topic!!! It really is so important to love yourself and not be put down by other rude (probably jealous) people. You are beautiful and should feel confident in your own skin!!!

Sarah | sazsinclair.blogspot.co.uk xx

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Olivia McHale
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Thursday, 30 March, 2017 delete

This post seriously resonates with me. I've been told I was fat from a very young age, even my mum's partner has called me obese in the past (which I never have been), and those comments have definitely stuck with me. Whilst I don't consider myself to be fat at all, I often catch myself sucking it or putting clothes back on the rails because I think my body would look weird in them. It's a strange feeling because I'm learning to love myself and accept my wobbly bits, but at the same time, those comments have lingered and keep me conscious. You're very right when you said that happiness doesn't come from hating yourself and that's something that I think everyone can take away from this post.

Olivia - The Northernist x

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Thursday, 30 March, 2017 delete

I can definitely relate to this! I used to be a size 6/8 I'm now a 10/12 after giving birth. I'm trying to embrace it now but people can look and I don't care this body was my baby's home for 9 months and that's what I'm proud of

Tasha x

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Cora Linn
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Thursday, 30 March, 2017 delete

You look *amazing*!
My dad nicknamed me Thunder Thighs when I was 11. WTH good would that do to anyone?? Needless to say I have a very complicated relationship with my body and with food. I don't think people realise what harm they might be doing with their words.
I can't wear knee high boots either, but that's fine. We can still rock every other style.
Cora ❤ http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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Monday, 03 April, 2017 delete

I think we all have our body hangups for sure especially with so pressure nowadays on what the perfect body is etc!! I hate my body since having kids and I got really big after having them too BUT I'm learning to find the love deep down and accept myself, I am trying to lose weight however and become healthier, bro I just signed up to the gym so I'm on it BUT I don't feel like everyone has to do this to be happy its just something that I know for myself will make me happier and feel better about myself! You look great in the photo though and equally in real life!

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Steph's World
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Tuesday, 04 April, 2017 delete

I think everyone suffers with this in one way or another. We have to embrace ourselves and love the way that we are.

Also, I think you look amazing the way you are lovely <3

Steph xx

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