Inner You

There have definitely been plenty of days I’ve felt like giving up.  Days where I just wanted to stay curled up in bed with a big fuzzy blanket and a cup of hot chocolate and watch Steel Magnolias or read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.  And you never know when those days are going to hit you, or what’s going to trigger it.  It could be a photograph, reconnecting with an old friend, a date when something terrible happened, or something as trivial as a certain kind of ice cream.

This was one of the things that I didn’t fully realize when I decided to have surgery—that the journey wouldn’t just test my physical limits, but my mental and emotional ones too.  That I would experience a rollercoaster of emotions, and have many moments of doubt. Could I keep up my resolve? Or would I fall back into my old habits? Could I really kick my sugar addiction once and for all?

Staying positive, grounded, and inspired can be a real challenge, and sometimes we need to remind ourselves where we’ve been, and why we need to keep going.

True beauty comes from within and radiates outward.

I’ve got this old jacket that I keep around from when I was at my heaviest. Sometimes I slip it on when I’m feeling down so I can remember how far I’ve come. These days, I’m swimming in it! A few twirls in front of the mirror do wonders for my self-esteem, and give me the confidence to go out and face whatever the world has to offer.

Maybe you’ve got a similar story. Maybe you’d even be willing to share it.  I know hearing how others have overcome their challenges has motivated me to overcome mine too.  And that’s why I’m sharing my story here—because we can’t overlook the Inner You on our journey to health and happiness.

Here are some other things that have helped me nourish my Inner You:

And, of course, looking good outside will make you feel good inside, so don’t neglect your wardrobe, hair, nails, or skin!

The Outer You is important too!