"I' went to the gym for two hours today... I
ate cookies yesterday, and this felt like the appropriate punishment."
Then I saw another friend (who is already a size 2, at most) post a picture of an emaciated-looking actress with the comment that she had put this picture on her dream wall as her goal body.
And it all kind of hit me-- the pressure that we put on ourselves as women to look a certain way. And it made me so sad.
Don't get me wrong-- I know that there are things we all wish we could change. I certainly would like to lose a few pounds.
But I don't want to go through my life hating myself and what I see in the mirror. And I don't want to make food my enemy. I want to exercise more and eat better. Not starve myself or feel the need to punish myself for small indulgences.
I think it's wonderful when people change their habits to become healthier-- I'm certainly trying to do the same. And I celebrate with women who reach their goals, whatever they may be.
But I think we need to change our attitudes about body image and food. Focus on being healthy and less on what we see in the mirror. Stop seeing food as the villain and more as our fuel. And just start loving ourselves more.