When I embraced the idea of sharing an amazing initiative by Dove™’, which I will be sharing with you later in this post, I found myself deeply immersed in thoughts as the subject touched old wounds, old teenage wounds in my own life and experiences. I just saw myself talking to my imaginary daughter or one of the teens I teach and sharing tips on beauty and how to keep your self esteem!
I grew up in a family of overweight people on my Dad’s side and early on, I’ve found myself, eating three grilled cheese sandwiches for breakfast, whole boxes of chocolate and more….I reached the overweight point myself and by the age of 12, I was bullied in parties and sometimes in school, always behind my back, because I was one of the cool kids…..still not pretty or skinny enough….I decided to diet by the age of 12 and exercise which did the trick and by age of 16 I was skinny and totally accepted. I knew all along it was all about acceptance, about being called beautiful, but also for me, it was more like, I don’t want to look like my relatives, don’t want to be obese, I want to be healthy and feel comfortable in my skin.
Life turned around and I had an unplanned pregnancy which lead me to 150+ pounds by the age of 21, bringing the battle back to square one! I dieted and lost all the weight and more and kept it off for 20 years until I married and got pregnant with my second son. I then put back on all the weight and lost it all over again! At 43, I found myself in a stressful time last year and put on some of the weight I had lost, which I am still struggling to lose….but the important thing about my battles and the fact that my genes tell me I need to diet for life is that I am doing it to feel good, to feel comfortable and not just to be accepted anymore, not because I owe this to anybody like it was in the beginning…this kind of battle, brings life-long results and if I had a daughter or was having this conversation with one of my students, this is the message that I would like to convey to them! It’s all about being happy in your own skin!
Here is me, at the age of 43!
After sharing my personal journey, I wanted to share these amazing facts:
Therefore, I am so excited to share Dove’s initiative where they believe beauty should be a source of confidence, not anxiety and are committed to inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential and I totally agree with that!
A kick-off event in New York is set to spark a national conversation.
I also wanted to share that Dove invites women across the U.S. to participate in the Dove Self-Esteem Weekend, taking place October 5-7 nationwide.
This post is compensated and in collaboration with Dove and Latina Bloggers Connect.