I also have not met my goal, but I've been there.
Here's a little story about me: I am only slightly bigger than I was when I graduated high school. That summer I got very sick, like "you're dying and we don't know why" sick. over the course of about 2 months I lost almost 40 lbs because I couldn't eat or keep things down and my body wasn't retaining any of the nutrients. That was also the summer I got more compliments on my body than I have the rest of my life combined. Once I started getting better I gained back about 30lbs in just the first month after leaving the hospital. That's when all the compliments stopped. It sucked. People thought I looked great when I was on the verge of death but didn't when I was healthy and recovering.
What the whole experience made me realize though, was that being healthy and happy and able to enjoy life was so much better than just being thin; it made me appreciate my body in a way that I never had before. I still want to be that size, but I want to get there by working hard and changing my lifestyle.
The point of this story is that we all come to love our bodies in our own way, just the way it is. It may be when you meet your goal, it may be something as simple as a comment from a stranger, or it could be some life altering event. Keep working hard and the confidence and esteem will follow. I promise :)
Edited by: KGARRISON8 at: 1/28/2011 (20:40)
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