Taking Great Risks & Making Great Strides

Sometimes you gotta take a risk. Its how you break past your comfort zone and into uncharted territory that has the potential to push you forward towards the result(s) youve been wanting. For a long, long time Ive wanted to be in love with my body. Ive wanted to be OK with the way that it looks and moves and is shaped. Ive wanted to stop poring over magazines and wishing that I had this womans thighs or that womans breasts. That had to change. Theres a reason its called a comfort zone. Its because its what you know and what youre comfortable being/doing/having. You dont have to worry about changing this or that in order to be something else when youre in your comfort zone. You just are. The thing is, though, most people arent happy with their comfort zone. Still, it takes a hell of a lot of discomfort with a situation to step out and do something different. Making a conscious effort to change is by no means comfortable. That said, Im pretty open to risks. I love doing things that frazzle my nerves like perform in public, post videos of myself singing on YouTube, ride a subway with no pants, and getting my boobs painted at a party. Sometimes I feel like the more outrageous it is, the more likely it is that it will be easy for me to do it. But tonight Im taking a risk thats incredibly bold, especially considering my background: Im being a nude model for a figure drawing class. The thing I love about this is that Im facing one of my greatest fears: People seeing my bare body, exactly as it is. No sucking it in or hiding it beneath clothing. Usually I get anxious leading up to events like this. This time, however, Im noticing that the closer I get to the experience, the more at ease I am. Im ready to just own it. To be comfortable in my own skin and let an artist portray that. There are days when I still want to hide and call out of work (which is really hard to do when you live and work at the same place). Those days I know that I need to put a little more attention on myself and spend more time alone. I have a habit, as Ive noticed many females do, of seeking attention from the opposite sex when Im not feeling too great about how I look. You know what I mean: revealing clothing, flirting, fishing for compliments. What Ive come to realize is that the more I look for that attention outside of myself, the more Im kept from learning to completely love me, bloated belly and all. You can take a risk every day to get closer to yourself and loving your own body. You can start with something simple, like telling yourself I love you in the mirror every day or listening more to how YOU feel about yourself instead of listening to the opinions of others. Going to the gym even though you dont look like all the gym rats. Wearing something less than glamorous, or super glamorous, to go out. Looking at yourself naked in the mirror and complimenting every ounce of yourself. Anything that gets you away from the way you look at yourself now to looking at yourself as beautiful and perfect, right here in this very moment. Author’s Bio: Shannon Lagasse, Self-Love and Weight-Loss Coach, teaches women how to lose weight by ditching the diet and loving their body. By coming from a focus on pleasure, instead of discipline and deprivation, her clients are empowered to lose weight naturally, easily, and for good. Get your FREE e-book, ‘Why Diets Don’t Work: 7 Keys to Weight-Loss That Don’t Involve Food’ by visiting http://www.BreakthroughtoBodyLove.com. If you liked this article, you can receive more just like it delivered to your inbox by subscribing to my free weekly e-zine at http://www.BreakthroughtoBodyLove.com. ( function() { if (window.CHITIKA === undefined) { window.CHITIKA = { ‘units’ : [] }, }, var unit = {‘calltype’:’async[2]’,’publisher’:’selfgrowth’,’width’:300,’height’:250,’sid’:’Chitika Default’}, var placement_id = window.CHITIKA.units.length, window.CHITIKA.units.push(unit), }()),

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