By Laura Beck, Cosmopolitan
Comments by Susan D'Addario, LCSW, Certified Eating Psychology Coach, Licensed HeartMath Certified Coach
So, the very first day of July starts us off with International Joke Day. Well, I say, the joke’s on those who laugh and make fun of others for any reason, including body-size. Do you have a hard time looking at your body in the mirror? If so, you’re absolutely not alone! Find out what imperfectly shaped, 21-year old, Lesley Miller has done to thrive and feel great. (If you think I insult when I write imperfectly shaped, make sure to check out our Healing Thought below.)
This was accomplished despite having to live with the prejudicial feelings and painful words from so many, including those who claimed to be in her corner. Sadly, the shape of the body distracts many of us from the beauty of the inner soul. Well, thankfully, Lesley persevered and triumphed and she now gets to have the last laugh. Read what she has to say below. Love heals.
I've spent the past 18 years of my life waiting.
I kept my body covered up and hidden away. I told myself that one day I would finally let myself be seen; I would finally do all of the things I dreamed of when I was enough. Thin enough, happy enough, confident enough. When my body looked the way that it was "supposed" to.
I fought my body every step of the way, continually ashamed and silent.
Read more here.