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Let us make splash!

By Sonia Salfity , Family Flavours - May 12,2019 - Last updated at May 12,2019

Photo courtesy of Family Flavours magazine

Here we go again as desperate dieters sending out distress signals in the most critical month of the year: It is swimsuit season!

I do not know about you, but I was supposed to drop three dress sizes by now, but the only thing that is dropped since last summer is everything else on my body as gravity insists on getting the upper hand. Unless you are living on a different planet where gravity is not an issue for you, then our only solace is that we are in this journey together! It does not mean we need to give up and let go. After all, that is for losers and if there is anything you can say about desperate dieters is this: we are not losers! If we were, we would not be here in the first place, would we? We would have lost the weight and gone on with our lives.

 

What we gain

 

There is a positive aspect to being a desperate dieter, and that is the fact that every time we gain and lose and gain again, we grow stronger and gain: 

• Confidence in knowing what works and what does not and what we are willing to give up and what we are not willing to sacrifice 

• Wisdom and gumption as we remain steadfast in never giving up on ourselves even when every diet has failed us, and every swimsuit has proven not to hold up under pressure

• Insight into who we are and what our cravings are saying about us

• Knowledge as we seek to understand the parts of our souls that have gone under-nourished as a result of starving them all these years while silencing our heart’s desires instead of feeding them with kindness and self-compassion

 

We judge ourselves in front of our mirrors and on top of our scales. We are our worst critics, and we stand idly by, watching silently as the negative self-talk goes on in our heads like a broken record-breaking our hearts. We often behave like our worst enemy instead of being our own best ally.

 

Embracing
who we are 

 

I am ending this maddening cycle now during swimsuit season! Let us embrace who we are and discover the magic of what will happen when we start respecting ourselves for who God made us to be. 

The moment we learn to stop judging and begin to start loving our bodies is the moment we awaken to the realisation that we can now begin to be kind to ourselves. 

Kind in the way we look at ourselves and in the way we think of ourselves and in the way we feed ourselves and in the way we feed our thoughts and our bodies and our souls. That is where true healing begins. 

A big splash

 

There is absolutely no limit to what our bodies can do when we set our minds to exercise and eat what is beneficial to us. And when we mess up, may we learn to forgive ourselves and be self-motivated to get right back in the waters of life even if we have to make the biggest splash!

After all, is not that what we used to love to do when we were kids? Do you remember playing the game where we would jump into the pool where the winner was the one who made the biggest splash? 

Let is not lose sight of the child inside us who still knows how to have fun even when it comes to shedding excess weight. Life is too short not to enjoy every moment so here’s to living it to the fullest even during swimming season. 

So go ahead, make a splash — you might be surprised how refreshing it feels to let the child inside you live a little!

 

 

 

Reprinted with permission from Family Flavours magazine

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