We all have those days when, despite our best efforts, we just feel like a big old lump of lard. I had one yesterday, hence the piece. I felt squishy and bloated, there wasn't a particular reason, it's just the way it was. I didn't feel like this on Saturday and on Friday I felt outright fabulous. It's not ideal, it doesn't make sense, it's a horrible way to feel but it's important to remember that it's not your fault.
Generally speaking, I can get on board with my body, I understand that my weight will fluctuate and that some days I just won't love what's going on. Yesterday was one of those days where I just felt a bit 'blurghhhh' and I had to make a point of sitting myself down and giving my brain a talking to.
As we know, being a girl is a tricky old thing anyway and we often, try as we might, don't love a single thing about our bodies. It's a horrible way to feel and I wish I could explain it but unfortunately, I just can't. Some days are just not good days. But, rather than feeling sorry for ourselves and allowing this feeling to take over our lives, we need to ensure that we know how to handle it.
So on days like these, what'a a girl to do?
1) Accept that, for today at least, there is absolutely NOTHING you can do about it.
Short of getting liposuction, today your body is what it is and as much as you hate it, there is unfortunately nothing you can do immediately. I know that's not what you want to hear but accept this and don't whatever you do, beat yourself up over it.
2) Go for a walk.
If you're feeling lumpy and unattractive, DON'T just sit in front of the telly all day grabbing your stomach and feeling sorry for yourself (as I often spend my depressing Saturdays doing). Get outside and fill your lungs with fresh air, clear your head and release some endorphins. You'll come back feeling happier and might even have worked up an appetite. It's a win win.
3) Wear something incredibly comfortable.
The worst thing in the world on a day like this is to wear something that is uncomfortable or something that you feel is unflattering. You will be self conscious and unhappy all day, wear stretchy jeans and a big jumper.
4) Put makeup on.
You may not be able to do anything about your body but you can do something about your face. (Not that you need to obviously!!) If you don't love your stomach today, try to distract your brain by making your face look great. Basically, the prettier you feel, the more confident you'll be and you hopefully won't then spend all day fretting about your weight.
5) Make a plan.
A day like this is a good day to make a plan. Remember (though not too vividly) how you feel and see if you really want to do something about it. There is really no shame in feeling like this from time to time, but try to turn your bad day into a positive thing, see this as a challenge and embrace it! Join a gym, incorporate a walk into your day, whatever it is, try to make it fun!
We all have days like this and while I wish we didn't, they simply are par for the course and there's not a lot we can do about them. It is important to remember that at times like these, you are NOT alone.
The most important thing to do, when you're looking at your stomach in the mirror, praying for a miracle, is to remember is how much in your life you have to be thankful for before you end up falling into a spiral of despair. Yes, your stomach may be bigger than you'd like, but you've got people that love you, legs that work and a life's worth of adventures to have that have nothing to do with your waist line.
You won't feel like this forever but if these days are all too common as of late, please remember to take them with a pinch of salt and don't forget that ultimately, there is something that you can do about it, but just not today. So stop fretting, think positive thoughts, smile and relax, it's all going to be a-okay.