Below is a response I received from TVan. It's a reaction she had to my post "Love the Body you're in even if it's not the body you want." Thank you TVan for sharing your experience!
"When I saw that quote, (Love the body you're in even if it's not the body you want.) I remember it being an eye opener. I was scrolling through Facebook and thinking how relatable that is to me. It's different from the normal quotes and other things you see about "loving your body." But this statement resonated with me: "love the body you are currently in, even if it's not the body you want"-Because it's true, this isn't the body I want, I don't like it in its current state because I know it isn't the final "me" and I want to change it, but I DO love it. I love it so much that I want to make healthy changes for it.
My family recently planned on going to the pool. At first I was a little hesitant because I told myself that I wouldn't go to the pool until I changed my body. My family had gone to the pool multiple times already and my friends have suggested it, but I just wasn't ready to be in a bathing suit as I know that I have gained a bit of weight.
And yet, when they asked this time around, I reminded myself of that quote and I ended up changing my stubborn decision that I had been keeping until I lost the weight. I remember changing and looking into the mirror and just repeating "love the body I'm in, even if it's not the body I want." I looked at myself with so much more "ease" as opposed to my normal disgust. It was a release!
As I mentioned earlier, I am pretty stubborn. I was determined not to go to the pool until I had slimmed down more, which resulted in me losing that family time. Because I had taken that moment to embrace that inspiration I was able to spend time with my family, my entire family, which is rare for all of us to even go to the pool at the same time with our busy schedules. I was able to create memories with my families that I will be able to look back on. I know that my sister was super happy because we don't get to spend as much time together. Because I made this decision and changed my mind, I spent priceless time with my family that I can remember forever. Family time is huge to me and I'm so happy I was able to get that and have the strength to forget about my worries and have fun.
Later on that day, when I ended up reading the articles, the concept of it was differently than what I was thinking in my head. At first I felt dumb that it wasn't the same meaning, but then I thought about it and just thought to myself "hey, it is different, but it's my inspiration and I created it to fit myself."
Your Facebook post was a simple post but it changed my entire evening and gave me priceless memories. It was simple..but rich with meaning.
Thank you for that because it truly did inspire me. I even have the photo of the quote on my phone
Thank you for letting me share my experience!"