A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about how my weight expectations have changed as I’ve aged. And it got me thinking…were my expectations too low when I was 20? Or was I right on target for that time of my life?
Because when I look back at photos from college, I realize how amazing my body was. I was super lean and fit - yet I had no confidence in myself or my appearance. I thought I was, gulp, fat. Fashion magazines made me doubt the image I saw in the mirror. Not to mention a slew of sorority sisters who barely seemed to eat.
Twenty years ago, I was a good 10 to 15 pounds lighter than I am now. Yet when I walk out to the pool to swim laps today, I possess a confidence and appreciation for my body that I never had back then.
I wish I could turn back the clock and shake that 20-year-old for thinking she was overweight or out of shape, or not what the fashion world thought she should be. Because what a waste of time with all of that self-doubt.
But moving on...my nieces are in their mid-teens and I am trying to teach them to love themselves and focus on just being healthy. They are at the age where impressions are like a stamp forever engraved in their minds and I can only hope that they see themselves for the true beauties that they are.
Leslie Fink, MS, RD