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Love yourself.

You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t, so you might as well just do whatever you want.

If you want to lose weight, people will tell you that you should be happy just the way you are.

If you don’t want to lose weight, other people will tell you that you should strive to be healthier and in better shape.

You’re never going to please everyone, and frankly, you shouldn’t even try. You should only worry about making YOU happy.

The self-love and body positivity movement has hit full stride recently, and I’m all for it. You should absolutely love yourself, no matter what! But this view is often one-sided. Too many people think that to love yourself means never wanting to lose weight. If you decide you want to lose weight, it’s often viewed as self-hate.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight. If you’ll be happiest with your body a certain way, that is NOT an unhealthy goal. Losing weight shouldn’t be the sole driver of your happiness, but pursuing weight goals can certainly be a factor in your overall happiness.

And even though I talk about weight loss a lot, you certainly don’t have to lose weight at all, either. Unless you are very overweight to the point that it is unhealthy, you can love yourself with whatever body type you currently have, never losing another pound, and be perfectly happy!

You don’t have to lose weight. But you can. If weight loss if part of your goals, that is absolutely okay. And if it’s not, that’s okay too.

Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for having goals. They are YOUR goals, and it is YOUR body.

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