Tipping the Scale in Your Favor

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Written by Lauren Delaney

Do you find yourself struggling everyday to love your body? Join author Lauren Delaney as she shares “Tipping the Scale in Your Favor.

Written by Lauren Delaney

I believe all women struggle with loving their body. How often do we hear I have to lose 10 pounds, I hate my thighs or I can’t be seen in a bikini or shorts? The negative backlash we bring upon ourselves is a little sad.

eat-pray-love-movieThere’s a great scene in one of my favorite movies, Eat Pray Love, where Julia Roberts is out for pizza with a new friend she has met in Italy. For those unfamiliar with the story, it was based on the true life a writer from New York who visited Italy, India and Bali as part of her journey to heal after a painful divorce. The “eat” portion of the story takes place in Italy which is famous for its pasta, gelato and pizza. The whole point of a visit there is to indulge. Her friend is not eating because she has gained a “muffin top” during her vacation and is afraid of all the weight she has gained. Julia Roberts laughs that she has one too. She claims to have no desire to be obese but is tired of obsessing about how many calories are in her salad every day, but hating herself anyway.

IMG_0890I am not advocating going crazy and eating everything around you. Julia was on a vacation in Italy so it was the right time to splurge! I believe in eating well and treating your body right, however, the guilt has to be thrown out of the equation. No one is perfect and even with the perfect diet and hours of exercise you may still not be able to change those body parts that disturb you the most. So I think the change has to be with our attitude. The deprivation that comes with a “diet” is bound to make us crazy eventually. We should eat to fuel our bodies. When we eat well we all feel better, have more energy and are investing in our health. That should be the goal rather than trying to eat low calorie or low carb. Easier said that done, but we need to accept our bodies and celebrate our strengths. Next time step out on the beach and simply enjoy the waves, the company and the scenery. This is what comprises our fondest memories.

Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life — Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.TM Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.

What have you accepted in your life that took time, physically or mentally?
Patience — and I am still working on it!

What do you appreciate about yourself and within your life?
Accepting that not being perfect is ok.

What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What goals do you still have?
A successful career in marketing. I would love to own my own company eventually.

What is your not-so-perfect way? What imperfections and quirks create your Identity?
I tend to be obsessive and a perfectionist, but I’ve learned to let things unfold a little more as I’m getting older.

How would you complete the phrase “I Love My…?
I love my determination and resourcefulness. It’s come to my rescue many times!

About the author

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Lauren Delaney

Lauren has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently employed at Century 21 Real Estate as a Marketing Manager. Lauren "discovered" working out about two years ago after she was injured in a car accident. After seeking medical care, she was told she would never feel better until she started exercising and strengthening her body. Not exactly the athletic type,
Lauren started with some baby steps, and found she truly enjoyed getting stronger and "feeling the burn" as they mention in those gym commercials. A love of exercise led to better eating, lots of learning about nutrition, and the rest as they say is history. Hardly! It has only been two years and there is still a lot out there to absorb. So much so that Lauren started a blog to share her thoughts and adventures. The Bikini Experiment is dedicated to the journey of enjoying the fit life...because, yes, it can be fun. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys movies, shopping, celebrity gossip, reading and traveling.


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