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Body Dysmorphia

Article by Sabrina Williams

 

One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go. Change is never easy: you fight to hold on, and you fight to let go.

Even after a year on my keto journey, and significant weight loss, I was still walking through the women’s plus size section at the clothing stores. STILL!!! My daughter (the four year old) had to help me with a reality check the last time by saying, "Mommy, that is too big!” to an article of clothing that, quite frankly, looked like a tent on my new frame. Even today, I still carry around that extra 85lbs; even though I'm not carrying it on my body, it is still quite a weight to carry in my mind.

Body dysmorphia, or BDD, is a real thing, with as much as 2.4% of the population affected. It has taken me more than a year to get my mind wrapped around my “new” self. To get a grip, I had to acknowledge my fears, and make them evident to others, so I could become less sensitive to them. When I was overweight, I had stopped going to events that required me to interact with groups of other people, and so this healing process forced me to be more social. By going keto, I'd already embraced new eating habits, had finally started getting enough sleep, and started to incorporate some exercise. Now, I had to stop cutting myself off from other people. I also made sure I had a good support system. Friends and family members can help pick you up when you get down and discouraged.

When in the store today, I completely bypass the woman’s plus size department. I don’t even feel compelled to step over there. I finally released my mental hang-up and stopped envisioning myself as the plus-sized girl. I found the kind of comfort in my skin that I haven’t had in a very long time, and am free from the angst that kept me from living life to the fullest.

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Read more about body dysmorphia in this article from Ketovangelist.

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