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No-Shame November #2

Hi all!

Remember No-Shame November? I’m excited to feature my lone but lovely participant: Chelsea from Lil Miss Fitness Freak! She’s a recent college grad–from Canada!–who writes an awesome blog about healthy living and fitness. Check it out here.

Chelsea shared her story about taking the plunge to put up a vlog, despite her struggle to keep on weight and her concern that others would be critical if they saw her underweight. But she was brave and she did it anyway–no shame! Here’s her story:

I vlogged for my blog for the first time in about a year. Why is this a big thing? Because one of the reasons that I stopped vlogging (despite really loving it) was because I became very self conscious of my appearance and how others perceived me. You see, I have been very open about my struggles in the past with my ED and I like to believe that I’m moving forward and have put that part of me in the past (never fully recovered, but past a point of worrying about falling backwards), I had unintentionally lost weight. I was just trying to do me, live my life and stop being so restricted to a schedule to remain weight stable. Unfortunately that didn’t go in my favour and I lost a noticeable amount of weight. I felt like I failed not only myself and my family, but I felt this sudden uncomfortableness with sharing images of myself whether that was in pictures or through vlogs. So I stopped. I was scared that someone would say I was triggering or that I looked sick and should not be trying to give advice because I wasn’t in the best spot myself. 

Fast forward to this year, I have worked my ass off, working with a coach to help me gain weight while reaching my weight lifting goals and I have completely turned around to holding my head up high and feeling good about myself. Am I still underweight? Yes. I am fully aware that I’m still not where I need to be but all of my health markers are back on track, I’m stronger than ever in the gym and I know that I’m doing the best that I can to bring myself back to health. So, with that being said, I have had the urge to vlog once again for a few weeks and this weekend I bit the bullet and recorded and posted my first one and it makes me so happy that I did. I am proud of my journey. I have no reason to feel self conscious because I have these experiences and I’m working at bettering myself. I may get a negative comment here and there but for the most part, I have many tell me that I help them not feel alone so thats why I feel no shame in doing something that makes me happy and can help others.

Thanks so much to Chelsea for taking this challenge and sharing it! Please check out her blog if you get a chance.

If you didn’t have time to send in your challenge, couldn’t think of something, forgot…no shame! I hope to bring it back again next year. 😉

In the meantime, keep on no-shaming it!

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5 comments

  1. Kate says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I love this “no shame” them. The more we talk, the better!

  2. Chelsea says:

    Thanks os much for sharing my story Joyce! Its a great cause and I hope to see more entries soon 🙂

    1. Joyce says:

      That would be awesome! In the meantime, thanks so much for sharing your story.

  3. Cora says:

    Chelsea – Thank you so much for sharing this. I can relate so… so much. Right now I’m basically just really confused as to how I physically appear to others and it still holds a lot of self confidence and fear issues for me. I am still technically underweight, but I honestly don’t know if I appear as underweight as I am. Up until very recently, I used to be extremely self conscious of this and of my body (in terms of looking TOO thin and not wanting people to think things) so would – and still do – generally wear loose clothing. And even with the blog I hesitate to put up pictures because I don’t know how I appear and don’t want people to think… whatever it is they would think. As I haven’t gotten any negative comments in such a long time, I’m starting to appease my anxiety a bit more about this, but I am still extremely scared and self conscious to put images of myself out there or wear anything fitting – just because I don’t want to appear as unhealthy or hypocritical or triggering etc etc. Its just a huge massive daily mind twist. Ugh. Anyways – thank you for reminding me of the confidence TO put yourself out there regardless of how you may appear. And thank you Joyce for sharing Chelsea’s story!

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