From Mitzi Reed’s New Book:
What I am about to share with you is not unique! See if you can relate to any of my experiences or be reminded of any of your own that make you feel less than you are. Too many of us are experiencing what I went through and are continuing to deal with weight and poor self-image issues. There is a way out of this unhappy space of living by following my steps to find your beauty within . . . for the truth is that true beauty has no shape.
My story begins prior to hitting my teens in the 1970s. I was born a decade earlier when Twiggy became popular, changing forever the modeling world and the way society viewed women. I used to read the “Teen Beat” and other girl magazines sipping Tab, a popular diet soda drink at the time. In fact, it was my first diet, which I call the “Tab diet.”
I was very active as a teenager where I was a cheerleader, a gymnast, on the volleyball team and track, and played basketball with the neighborhood kids. When I was 17, I had my first child and gained more than 60 pounds during my pregnancy. However, I was very young and active and lost it all. In fact, I was doing sit ups and other exercises within a week of giving birth just to get my shape back.
Yet, I was always comparing myself to others and thought that I needed to lose weight even though I was just 115 lbs. at 5’3.” Even though I was petite, I was solid, especially in my thigh area because of my athletic nature. The fact is that I have short, stocky legs, and I will never have long, thin legs, no matter what I do!
It wasn’t until I had my second child in my late ‘20s that I really did have an actual “weight” problem…
Too many of us are experiencing what I went through and are continuing to deal with weight and poor self-image issues. There is a way out of this unhappy space of living by following my steps to find your beauty within . . . for the truth is that true beauty has no shape.
Eat food that is organic, grown locally and is in its natural season, providing your body with the best possible nutrition. Many of the store products available to us today are over processed or has expired, not supplying us with the greatest nutrition.
One of my favorite pastimes is going to the local Farmers’ Market. I love talking to the vendors and bringing home fresh fruit and vegetables. They always seem to taste better than when bought in the grocery store. And, I feel good knowing that I am also helping local farmers when I buy their products.
Be in the Present
We need to accept our bodies at the present moment. Our bodies are always changing and the body we have today will not be the same body we have tomorrow because our cells are always changing. However, what we do today will affect our future bodies, so we need to treat our bodies today with love, respect and kindness. Positive changes today will have a positive effect in the future.
What positive action can you take today that will have a positive effect in the future?
Help build your self-esteem by giving yourself three compliments a day. By focusing on the good things, you can change how you feel about yourself.
When you love yourself, you will feel connected with the inner, beautiful person that you are.
Loving yourself means having a relationship with yourself, knowing that you are an important part of all that is. The more loving you are the more healthy you become. The more accepting and loving you are towards yourself the more you will be able to love and accept others.
“I am making the healthiest, most loving choices at this very moment.”
Everyday look in the mirror and say “I love you. You are enough. You are beautiful.”
“Mitzi not only shares her struggle with her own body image issues, she shares how she overcame them with tips, affirmations, and insightful, thought provoking questions to really get to the root of the issue so that you too can feel and look radiant from the inside out.”