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Self Acceptance and Society/Fat Acceptance

Self acceptance is loving and appreciating yourself even if there are things you'd eventually like to change. Fat acceptance or society acceptance is getting society as a whole to accept that we have the same rights as everyone else and to reduce prejudice within the community.

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New Beginnings

Sigh. Here we go again. Is that what most of you are thinking about another New Year, and another bunch of resolutions? Well, after last months article I hope you haven't been silly enough to decide on impossible goals for yourself.

Having said that however, I am writing this while staring at my brand new gym clothes and pedometer. And a blank diary. I almost wanted to cry when I bought the gym clothes and the pedometer. I mean I have been down that road SOOOO many times. I've lost bunches of weight, only to put it all back on again. I've become super fit, only to now be puffed walking up stairs.

This year though I decided not so much to use the fresh year for resolutions - but rather for just a fresh beginning. Hence the blank diary. I'm flicking through the days and I'm thinking, "I have 365 days NOT to be the person I was this year." I'm forgiving myself all of my mistakes, and gains, and loses, and tears and tantrums and resolving that in 2009, I will cut myself some slack.

I'm going to pretend the past never occuried. I'm not taking baggage with me. I'm going to accept who I am, and every day try to be the very best version of myself in 2009. I'm not going to focus on weight loss, or fitness, but I do think that being the very best person I can be will involve at least some walking. Everybody should exercise to the extent they can - just because if nothing else the endorphins released give you positive feelings. Well, that is the theory.

I'm not going to try and radically overhaul myself. I am going to be gentle with myself. I am going to accept that even when I sit here now - a week from 2009 - I can predict that on some of those 365 blank days next year I am going to binge, and forget to walk my dogs, and eat my feelings, and shirk my exercise. I'm not going to let it ruin my year, or blow it out of proportion. Look at all of those empty days. Even if I have one day a month where I'm a self-destructive fool - or even one day a WEEK, then there are still a lot of blank days left to move on with and start a fresh.

Life is all about the journey. And a blank diary and a fresh start are the very best beginnings for creating your own unique journey in 2009. Good luck out there!

Written by: Jody

"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. "
~Benjamin Franklin

"Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past."
~Henry Ward Beecher

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