Being comfortable in my own skin

I got a few unsolicited opinions about me—especially my figure–from strangers. I get comments/questions like, “Do you still eat?” “What do you eat?” “You’re too skinny…gain some weight!

I won’t forget when an old lady at the grocery store told me I’m so skinny.

Do you still eat?” she asked.

Of course, I don’t get offended because they said/asked it nicely and besides, opinions are opinions, right? And this happened a year ago.

As a 31-year-old health conscious woman and mother, I strongly believe in self-acceptance. We exactly know what kind of body image we want to have and lifestyle to live. Although I feel other people’s concern about me —-and my health— but I’m contented with how I look and how much I weigh. I eat good. I don’t smoke. I don’t drink alcohol. I sleep good. I exercise at least half an hour a day. I have no bad eating habits except munching on chocolates or salty chips from time to time.

I always have to tell people that I’ve been this way since I was little. The only time I added pounds was during my two pregnancies to our daughters. On my first pregnancy, though, my doctor had to send me to a specialist because my weight wasn’t enough. But Marie and I were perfectly fine. I always feel I have the need to explain myself to people.

People can tell us how to lose or gain weight, but as long as we are eating right and staying an active lifestyle, then I think we’re okay. If we feel great about ourselves and comfortable enough to be “YOU,” then self-acceptance is the best advice I can give you.

I am happy and satisfied with my shape and size because I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin based on my own health standards.

Have a positive week, everyone!

Gladys Starkey