1. On occasions when you happen to cross a mirror, where before you’d speed up or even find a way to avoid getting a glance, you slow down and deliberately walk towards it. The first thing that comes to mind is no longer, “Oh, God, I really need to start working out,” but rather: “Aw, don’t I look good today!”
2. When you flip open a magazine and get an eyeful of the perfect models and actors that grace our TV screens, you’re no longer hit with an instant inferiority complex. And when someone else says, “I wish I had that body,” you find that you no longer wholeheartedly agree. The “Nah, I’m good” is genuine.
3. When you eat healthy foods, replacing cookies from your midmorning snack with apples, it doesn’t feel like deprivation. Your actions are no longer driven by what they’ll do for your body — now, they’re just something you do.
4. Labels in a clothing store no longer affect you: you don’t feel embarrassed when the dress for you is Extra Large in size anymore — whether you discover this privately or when you’re forced to ask the sales associate to help you locate it. Now, all you see is how well it fits and that you look damn good in it!
5. Not being able to own that pair of jeans because it just doesn’t come in your size doesn’t ruin your day. There’s momentary disappointment, but you shrug it off easily.
6. When you can’t reach the top shelf (or likewise narrowly avoid hitting your head against it), you don’t feel any irritation or embarrassment anymore. You don’t instantly wish that you were taller or shorter, and now, having to get a stool to climb onto genuinely amuses you as much as it does your friends.
7. You’re able to actively forgive yourself when you go on a junk-a-thon. Maybe you didn’t need to eat the whole packet of cookies, but you’ve learned you lesson, it won’t ever happen again and the world did not in fact end!
8. And finally, you begin to understand that no matter what your goals, your life is ultimately meant to be enjoyed!