Catholic Things

Not Feeling Good In My Own Skin

Hello!

A bit about me:

For years, I’ve struggled with my body image. I’ve almost always been overweight. I’ve tried getting rid of the weight and there for a while, it was working. But once I went to college (and maybe a bit before college), I started gaining the weight back. And, honestly, I’m now the heaviest I’ve ever been.

And I don't like it. At all.
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I don’t like the way that I look. I don’t like the way I feel. I don’t like the way my clothes fit or don’t fit. I also sometimes compare myself to other girls and women and what they look like, wondering how I can look like them. I also wonder about my weight/image when it comes to relationships, platonic or romantic.

And I know that there are health issues with being as overweight as I am. And I know that I need to change. And I’d like to change.

And there’s something that I need to remember, even though it’s used quite often and can sound quite cheesy:

God loves me for who I am, not necessarily what I look like or how much I weigh.
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I know this sounds super cliche, but I need to remember that it’s true.

God created each of us in His own image and likeness. And I’m of the opinion that God loves each and every one of with every fiber of His being.

This means that He loves me no matter what I look like and no matter how much I weigh.

But, there’s something else.

Just because He loves me as I am now doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t try to lose weight and get healthy.

God gave me the body I have to be mine while I'm here on Earth.
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So I should take care of it (or at least try). I should eat healthier, get plenty of sleep, take the medications I need to, get moving, and so on.

But along the way, I need to remember to not hate my body the way it is.

For God loves me as I am. But He wants me to take care of myself.
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So I have a challenge for you (and for myself):

Realize that you’re a beautiful human. God loves you for who you are in this moment. But He also wants you to take care of yourself. So be kind to yourself. Take care of yourself.

So my challenge for us is to realize that you’re beautiful right now. Also recognize where you might need to get healthier and try to follow through with it. But remember that God loves you and will always love you no matter what.

Until next time!

-Victoria

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