Many years ago, I was in a very dark place.
I had recently pulled myself out of an eating disorder, but I was still stuck in a downward spiral of binge eating and chronic dieting. And all of this was compounded by an intense hatred of my body, an obsessive focus on food, and the feeling that I was a total failure.
Ultimately, I decided that I couldn’t take it for one more minute.
I decided that I’d rather gain ten pounds and live like a normal person – whose every thought wasn’t consumed with what she ate or how she looked – than to continue with this misery.
Then the most amazing thing happened.
Once I quit dieting, I had absolutely no trouble changing my habits – and I watched the excess weight start to come off. And since my attention was no longer focused on eating and what I looked like, I started to set some bigger (better!) goals.
I became a dietitian, I ran a marathon, and I lived in France (something I’d always dreamed of doing).
I felt energized, confident, and completely excited about my life – something I’d never ever felt.
Looking back, I realized that it was the combination of changing my habits and setting and achieving big goals that was giving me such amazing results.
But I also realized something else.
I realized that women aren’t working toward their potential because we’re taught that our looks are our potential. And because our culture reinforces this message, we all do it. And because we’re all doing it, it looks normal.
So we end up spending our whole lives focusing on what we look like at the expense of our true potential.
And it needs to stop.
In this week’s video, I’m talking about binge eating, chronic dieting, body dysmorphia, and the cultural messages that trap us into a vicious cycle of self-hatred and wasted potential.
I’m telling you my story to show how this cultural brainwashing works – so you can break free from it. Trust me, if I can escape, anyone can.
It’s time to quit wasting your life dieting and start living a life that’s worthy of your potential. And let your body transform on its own.
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