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Health OVER Appearance! Stop Letting These IG Models Fool You!

I've said this several times - social media is a gift and a curse. Social media is a place where you can find motivation and inspiration. I love seeing so many black women on social media on weight loss journeys. I frequently search hashtags like #afrogirlfitness and #blackwomenworkouttoo when I need a little motivation to get off my ass and I'm never disappointed.
Social media is also a place that can cause depression, low self-esteem, and body image issues. When everybody has a body sculpted by a plastic surgeon it's hard not to be self-conscious. As someone who has struggled with weight issues all my life, I know how it feels to be the fat friend. I know how it feels to be disgusted with yourself. I know how it feels to be depressed when you go to try on what you thought were your size jeans just to find them too small. I've been there.
I have natural curves. I have a small waist, thick thighs, a pretty moderately sized booty. I guess you can say God blessed my genetically, but I have to take credit for some of this. I changed the way I eat, I'm more active, and I take more responsibility for my health. I used to listen exclusively to doctors but the medication I was on made me feel horrible, so I decided to take my health in my own hands. I stopped certain medication on my own after doing research. I began taking a more holistic approach to treating lupus by changing my diet and my lifestyle and guess what - it worked!
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I still hate my arms. They're chunky. Stretchmarks criss-cross all over my body like rivers on a map. Oh and my cellulite?!?!?! Straight cottage cheese on my thighs. I have varicose veins, my legs swell up, I have a huge scar on my leg from my dog bite back in April. I'm insecure about a l o t of things, but I know one thing for sure - none of my "flaws" has ever led to me being rejected. Not that men's approval is what I care about (cuz f*ck these niggas sis) but it proves that I am my harshest critic. I have lost over 50 pounds and that's definitely worth a celebration. I'm so proud of myself for that. 
Don't get caught up in the hype that you see on social media. 99% of these women bought their bodies. They literally risked their life for an ass sis! You may never be able to compete with a surgeons knife, but you can eat your way into that size 8 you been dreaming about. You can sculpt your body with weight training. But before you do all of that you need to love who you are right now, in this moment. You need to love yourself at any size.  Your self-love should not be dependent on what the scale says.
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