Monday, May 9, 2011

the inner babblings of a dieting college student

I must confess I am starting this blog for purely selfish reasons.  Every journalism workshop I have ever attended reiterated the aspiring journalist's need to start blogging.  So, here I am.  Blogging. 

But, I also know that I can't just blog about anything.  No one is interested in the many mundane thoughts that go through my head each day.  On the contrary, I must blog about a subject which I am either passionate or knowledgeable.  I have decided to combine the two. 

Women every day face unfair standards of beauty, me included.  According to a National Eating Disorder Association survey, 80 percent of women are dissatisfied with their appearance.  What kind of society have we created where 4 out of every 5 women don't like the way they look?  And with the abundance of advertising portraying size 0 models with thick, shiny hair and flawless complexions, who can blame them?

But Psalm 139 says God made me wonderfully complex and his workmanship is marvelous.  Ephesians 2:10 declares me God's masterpiece created for His purposes.  Song of Songs 4:7 states that I am beautiful and there is no flaw in me. 

So the struggle begins.  How do I find a balance between wanting to change the way I look and realizing God loves me and made me just the way I am?

My goal this summer is to eat healthy, exercise and hopefully lose weight.  But even more than that my goal is to learn to see myself how God sees me:  marvelous, a masterpiece and without flaw.

I will be sharing what I know, what I've learned, and what I am continuing to learn throughout this journey.  Hopefully, blogging will keep me accountable.  But also, just maybe, these inner babblings will help someone else who is struggling to see herself (or himself) in a positive light.

To conclude, I'll leave you with one of my favorite videos by Dove.  Most have seen the Dove Evolution video, but their Beauty Pressure video is just as thought-provoking. 

 

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb.  Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous--how well I know it.  You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born.  Every day of my life was recorded in your book.  Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

~Psalm 139:13-16

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