This is what happened to my body when I stopped dieting, when I stopped listening to the messages from the media about how my body was supposed to look, when I stopped hating myself, when I stopped trying to please anyone else.
This is what happened to my body when I started respecting myself, when I started eating in a way that nurtured my health, when I started living in a way that nurtured my spirit, and when I started trusting my instincts about what was right for my body.
The physical changes you see are only a reflection of the far more profound changes that happened internally. My health improved, and even more importantly, the way that I feel and think about myself changed. It was not an overnight transformation. As the way I treated myself changed, my daily habits changed, and those new habits changed my body, slowly, gradually, but dramatically, and permanently. Changing my body wasn’t my goal. Changing my habits, and the way I treat myself, was the goal. My body just came along for the ride.