I’m trying this new fad called "starting small" and just doing the thing, after a very long time spent thinking I need to do everything super well. You just don't.
I call it "learned mediocrity". Basically, high standards can totally mess with you and your goals, so sometimes you gotta try and go medium instead of large. It's a learned skill that will serve you well if you want to show up, take more chances, and create meaningful change in your life.
Topical Steroid Withdrawal is a ridiculous condition caused by the use of topical steroids for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. When I say ‘ridiculous’, I’m resisting the temptation to go all melodrama on you and call it horrific and life-threatening. Suffice to say it’s all of those things. And I’ve been going through it for three years in November.
“I like your body right now,” she said. “You look better with a bit more weight on you.”
I stopped and took a breath. Felt the heat of the coffee cup in my palm and the gravel under my feet.
She has no idea.
The first time I remember being told that my body wasn’t “good enough” as it was (a message that women of all ages are sadly very familiar with), I was in fifth grade and we’d just gotten our class picture back. To my surprise, a couple of the boys came up to me together and pointed out how “big” I looked in the photo.
It’s one of the very first questions I get asked when I tell people I have a course on how to be ‘cool with food’:
Does the course help you lose weight?