I have found the cure for cellulite. Well kind of.
I write this not for the ladies who have never been troubled by how their cellulite looks, or indeed those ladies who have never struggled with body confidence. I write this for all the girls, teenagers and women who torture themselves daily about how their legs look, what they wish their bum looked like, grabbing their belly and having seriously negative thoughts about their body and self image.
Cellulite, cellulite where for art though cellulite?
I sit here writing this blog, after receiving so many messages about how fab my abs are after posting an Instagram pic last night...I sit on cellulite.
So, you can have a six pack and cellulite...yes indeed you can.
Cellulite is something I have been tortured with almost my entire adult life. Or should I rephrase, I have tortured myself with. It has affected my confidence. It has made me not want to go swimming or walk around on holidays in my bikini. And, I'm not even going to sicken myself by thinking about all the money I have spent on the newest lotion and potion or miracle treatment promising to cure it.
As a fitness professional I was judging myself. Although I was the fittest I'd ever been in my life. Somehow cellulite to me was shameful and I was embarrassed that I had it. In my head I felt that I shouldn't have it if I'm a fitness professional. People will think I'm unhealthy or indeed I should be in better shape, having cellulite means you are fat right?
Then I started on my own personal journey of body positivity. A journey which made me stop and collect myself.
Then a miracle happened.
After some time, I realised I hadn't performed my daily ritual in a long time. A ritual I had obsessed about for almost 20 years. One that could make or break my mood. And one I was so consumed by. It was no longer part of my daily routine.
Do you know what that was?
Checking out my cellulite in the bedroom mirror.
Then joy arrived, I realised my obsession had disappeared because I suddenly valued my body for what it was and not what it looked like. I then had this epiphany that cellulite is not a big deal, it doesn't mean you are unhealthy and it doesn't determine your self worth personally nor professionally.
It only took me to reach my late thirties before I actually let it go...all those wasted years and low confidence! Imagine.
It's destructive, it takes your joy but the wonderful thing is that you really can change how you view your body.
So, here are a few nuggets of information about cellulite:
- First things first, it's perfectly normal
- 90% of women have it, even woman who are slender and fit
- It doesn't mean you are fat
- Cellulite is NOT caused by toxins in your body
- Cellulite has the appearance it does because fat deposits (which are perfectly normal) begin to push through layers of collagen and connective tissue under the skin
- It can appear on thighs, buttocks, arms and stomach
- Women (as per usual) get more cellulite than men because women generally carry more fat and of course, as luck would have it, our connective tissue is normally weaker than that found in men.
- Cellulite DOES NOT only occur in women who are over weight or unhealthy, it is out there for all shapes and sizes
- If this makes you feel better, even The Victoria Secrets Models have been known to attend anti-cellulite treatment centres. Stop the Lights!
- No topical creams have ever been proven to permanently reduce the appearance of cellulite (so don't waste your money)
- Any Laser, radio frequency or massage techniques may work However, none are permanent and all require maintenance so all end up being pretty costly
- There is no permanent solution for cellulite
However, I have indeed found the cure for cellulite.
AND It's in your head:
- You need to start to value yourself higher than the dimples on your backside.
- Stop the negative self talk and instead embrace the things about your body that you love.
- Work on making your body strong and healthy. Eat good food, drink your water and do your exercise.
- Invest your time in things that add value, obsessing about your cellulite adds zero value to your life in case you are wondering.
- When you look at photos on Instagram, remind yourself that when the person in the picture walked to the bathroom after taking that picture she definitely jiggled like the best of us and more than likely is within the 90% of women who have indeed got cellulite.
- Remind yourself daily that your body is an amazing vessel, it allows us to live a fulfilled life and every day is a miracle.
- Stop comparing yourself to others and especially the airbrushed women in magazines.
- And finally start loving your body, bit by bit, love your body and one day you will really love it, genuinely and fully.
What a wonderful day that is.
The cure for cellulite is in your head.
It is the thoughts that no longer give it importance.
Your journey to get over it, accept it and concentrate on the important things going on in your life.
It’s there, it’s normal and it really doesn’t matter.
And if all that fails, slather it in fake tan and it’ll look a whole lot better!
From someone who used to hate everything about her body but now loves every single lump and bump, tooth and nail. If I can get over it, you most definitely can.
Allow yourself to love your body, join the revolution!
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