Raise Your Hand If You’ve Felt Like This – Part 1

I have an email from a reader that I’d like to share (with her permission). My first thought after reading it was that a lot of people could benefit from reading this.

I’ve been following Live Well 360 for quite some time and I really enjoy the message and what you guys stand for. Your recent post, Saying Goodbye to Size-0, really hit home for me.
Growing up I used to subscribe to the teen magazines like Seventeen and YM, and now these days with the internet, I find myself spending A LOT of time pouring over the big celebrity gossip sites, and buying US Weekly’s spur of the moment while I am standing in line at the grocery store.
I guess my problem is that I can see that I am really hard on myself. I know I am looking at those sites and magazines comparing myself to the celebrities or models, trying to figure out how to look like them, how to have thinner thighs and a tighter tummy, and less jiggly arms.
But I don’t know how to stop. I want to “Live Well 360” so bad, but instead of living life to the fullest and having fun with my health and fitness, I find myself agonizing over making sure I get in a workout every single day and worrying about how many calories I will be tempted to eat between food and wine, if I go out for a girls night.
Instead of feeling inspired by health and fitness, I feel like I’ve gotten to the point where I am trapped by it.
It’s ironic that the very thing that I focus on because I think it will bring me happiness, is actually the thing that I am a prisoner to.
I just want to be happy. I just want to love myself for who I am, but I don’t know how to do that. I feel so far off track that I don’t know what to do anymore.
Can you help me?
Can you relate to this reader's email? I’d love to hear your comments below, before I respond. I know that this reader is not alone in how she feels, and I am sharing this because if you can relate to even a small piece of what she is saying, I want you to know that you are not alone either.

Raise YOUR Hand

Don’t be afraid to open up! This is the beginning of a really powerful conversation. Click here to read my response in Part 2.
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