Obsession, it’s war.
I am sick about being consumed by this obsession with being perfect.
I want to be free from this burden I carry. I want to let it go. I want to have a balance. I want to be happy.
This is My Declaration.
I will choose to resist society’s pressures to judge myself by body weight, shape, or size — A number won’t determine my happiness.
I will treat my body with respect, giving it enough rest, fueling it with a variety of foods, exercising it moderately, and listening to what it needs.
I will accept my body in its natural shape and size.
I will celebrate all that my body can do for me each day.
I will refuse to deny my body of valuable nutrients by restricting or dieting.
I will not associate guilt or shame with eating certain foods. Instead, I will nourish my body with a balance of foods, listening and responding to what it needs.
I will avoid categorizing foods as either “good” or “bad.” I will recognize that enjoying a regular-sized bowl of ice cream or a regular-sized cookie once in a while will not kill me. There aren’t “bad foods” β there are just foods that are good for you and some that are not as good for you.
I will remember that I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father who knows me by name. I will remember that I am of noble-birthright, a daughter of a King, and have the potential to become just like Him. I will remember that my divine nature and individual worth come from within — my self-esteem and identity come from within!
Along the path of finding balance with myself, I have had to realize that perfection isn’t everything. The healing truths that have helped me get to where I am now are:
- I don’t need to have a perfect diet to have a good diet.
- My body is hungry; that means it has burned off what I fed it, and it now needs more fuel. Hunger is simply a request for fuel.
- I need to be more flexible. One meal is not going to change my life forever.
- My body is stronger when I fuel it better, and by doing so, I become a better sister, a better friend, and a better leader.
- Starving my body of the fuel it needs will not solve my problems.
- Being happy and healthy is more important than any number on a scale.
- I have a choice: Do I want to be a person with disordered eating or a person who lives her life with balance?
- Everything will work out OK. I just need to keep focused on the big pictureβI need to be healthy: not obsessed, but balanced.
I want to be kind to this precious gift God has given me. I want to live a life doing good. Balance is what I want, not obsession.
What is your declaration?
P.S. My declaration is based on the one from http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org and the healing truths first came from Nancy Clarks’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook; but both Kat-erized. π