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Welcome beautiful people! I am Laura, a beauty lover and chocolate addict. I love to share my thoughts on the best (and of course the worst) of all things beauty related.

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I never thought I'd love my body

I have had a love hate relationship with my body since I hit puberty. Meaning I love to hate it. I have struggled to look in the mirror and find something positive to say about myself.

I know I am not alone in this feeling and that a lot people and I'm sure a lot of my readers have also struggled with similar body image challenges. It's something I have kept pretty quiet and I have never really talked about. I mean, I don't want to be that person that goes around going 'oh I look so fat today' or shutting down everyone's compliments. But today I want to talk about it.

I have always struggled with body image - whether it's in my skin or in my body. I have always found something to criticise about myself. In 2018 I hit a particularly hard time. Post wedding, in the stress and chaos that was the rest of the year I found that I was eating more and exercising less, the perfect combination for weight gain. I was putting on weight and losing energy, feeling flat and exhausted all the time. I didn't have the energy or the motivation to get out and exercise. I tried a couple of times to work out at home, but as soon as I got tired or it got too hard, I would give up and stop. I reached a point where I would end up with tears trying to find an outfit that fit and that I felt comfortable in. I was at my wits end (and probably Dave's, who was dealing with my melt downs and constant low self esteem). I am not happy to admit that I hated myself, but I did.

In 2019, Dave and I made the decision that it was time to do something about it and we joined the gym for the first time. Now, this is not in anyway a sponsored post, the gym just happens to be part of the reason behind why I was wanting to write this post. So we joined Ascend Strength and Fitness for 12 months this year to try and get into shape and to make sure that we are keeping active. What we were struggling with was finding exercise we enjoyed, in a place that was near home and didn't cost us an arm and a leg. We had tried yoga in 2018, which we enjoyed, however all the classes we attended were a decent drive from where we lived. Ascend seemed perfect because it was 5 minutes away from home, less than $20 a week and, an important factor for me, it had a range of different classes that you could attend. We have been joined up for almost two months now and I am loving it. I don't remember the last time I enjoyed exercising that wasn't in the form of basketball or another sport. I have been attending classes regularly and trying to fit in my own sessions around those and it's been great.

Have I lost weight? No. Do I have a six pack yet? Definitely not. Am I feeling healthier? Yes. And at the end of the day, that's all I wanted. I am feeling healthier than I have in a long time. I have found I am actually looking forward to going to the gym, that I am looking forward to eating healthier options (most of the time...) and as a result I am finding that I have more energy and am feeling happier.

Yes, I still have days where I look in the mirror and am not happy with what I see. I still have days where I feel frumpy and a bit soft around the edges. But I am feeling healthy and this has had a huge impact on my positive mindset. I never thought I'd love my body, but I am finally learning to.


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