I Use To Want To Be Skinny.

I use to want to be skinny, now I just want to be happy.

I use to think that having a 6 pack dictated your self worth, now I know that the world does not give a sh*t if you have abs or not..

..the world only cares about what Justin Beiber and Miley Cyrus are doing.

I use to work hard to impress other people, now I work hard to impress myself.

I use to think that counting calories was the only way to live a healthy lifestyle, now I know the meaning of health encompasses much more than what we shovel into our pie holes.

I use to think I would never stop obsessing over food, I now know that with a little patience anything is possible.

I use to hate my muscly legs, now I am grateful they are strong enough to power me through my morning runs and work on my feet all day. 

I use to work at jobs that paid well but made me miserable, I quit those jobs and am now pursuing my dream.

I use to eat meat and veggies for every meal because I thought it would make me thin, only to come to realize I don’t even like eating meat that much.

I use to think that working out every day made you a better person, now I know that superficial things do not make you a better person.

I use to shy away from having a good time with my friends or punish myself for indulging every once in a while, now I jump at any opportunity to have some fun or celebrate with loved ones. Life is too short. 

I use to hide behind baggy shirts, now I wear clothes that flatter my curves.

I use to want to be skinny, now I just want to happy..


& now I am happy.

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  1. Beautiful Tatum! XOXO
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  2. Absolutely love it! I’ve come to a lot of those same conclusions the last few years and I am so much happier. Nice post
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  3. Julia says:

    I love this! So please remember that as I say this. I do not want to negate from this post… but, “I use to” is not proper grammer. It is I useD to. I am NEVER the grammar police, but I want other people to love this post as much as I did while reading it, but I could not stop focusing on it, especially considering it is in every sentence. Sorry! Please do not take this in a rude manner.

  4. …and this is why I keep reading your blog. I stopped wanting to be skinny and it has made me happier.
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  5. John says:

    Just ran across your blog, Had to let you know that your words are beautiful and you are as well. Keep it up!

  6. BEAUTIFUL post!! GIrl.. I could hug your neck!
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  7. Loooovely. I came to a lot of these same conclusions, especially in the past little while… and I’ve gotta say that I’ll take dessert and a bigger pair of jeans over restriction and 6-packs any day.
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  8. Yes to all of this. I’ve learned some of the same lessons and I guess the old saying’s true: the older the get the wiser we become. Wise and happy? That sounds like a stellar combination to me.

  9. Love it!!! I can relate to SO many of these!!
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  11. Great post! It’s so true that once we stop focusing on the outside appearance of our body, it’s easier to appreciate its mechanics, power and strength. Great reminder to embrace our body for what it can do and love it through all of its stages of appearance! :)
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  12. I LOVE everything about this! Thanks for being so honest :-)
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  13. Oh, yes!!! GIving up these body worries & fears is so liberating and gives us so much time & energy to LIVE and love our lives. I was there too, but happiness is much better.

  14. Ann says:

    I LOVED this article, but I could not get past the “use”…it should be “used” (with a “d”). As a former teacher, this drives me nuts! Awesome thoughts in this article! Thanks for posting it! :)

  15. Mike says:

    Good for you. At the end of the day no one really does care. You close friends and family will accept you no matter what and those are the important relationships. I workout and eat for my own happiness. If I happen to fall of the rails, no big deal. My motivation for doing things come from within and not to seek acceptance from others.


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