Nutritional Wisdom with Carly Pollack

FEEL FRIGGIN’ FANTASTIC

Check out my most hated body part

Ever since I was a little kid I had cellulite on my thighs.

I found a picture of myself when I was 9, cute as a button in a little pelican bathing suit with googly eyes and a detachable fish that tucked into the pelican’s mouth. In that photo, I had cellulite.

Thirty something years later...

I notice it in my reflection in spin class.

I see it through my yoga pants.

I see it in the mirror before I hop into the shower.

I can say I’m pretty much in the best shape of my life, and with 30 pounds of weight loss over the years my thighs look exactly the same: smaller, yes, but still dimpled and unsmooth.

Okay, so here’s the honest truth. After a life-long battle and a lot of inner work, I now love my cellulite.

I effing love it.

Why, do you ask? How is it possible for me to love my dimply thighs when society has so clearly deemed this “situation” one of the ugliest things a woman could have on her body?

I love it because it’s not going anywhere. I love it because it’s part of me.

I love it because I decided to make peace with my body and stop fighting against my natural form.

I love it because I have worked so hard to get where I am, both physically and mentally, and my body is a beautiful reflection of that work and self care.

Lastly, I love it because once I strip away the stigma we have given it, I know that it's just connective tissue attaching to my skin in a way that pulls to cause indentations. 

Here are some facts about your dimples:

1. 90% of women have cellulite, even women who are skinny and fit.

2. Those creams and laser treatments do not work, unless you are surgically cutting the strands that cause the indentation. 

Now, there is the kind of cellulite that appears with lymphatic build up, lack of movement, endocrine system back up and overfilled fat cells. But at 125 pounds and an avid exerciser and health nut, I can accept that it would serve me better to love it rather than hate it.

So below is my love letter to my cellulite. In sharing this, I invite you to take your most hated body part, and write it a love letter.

Set yourself free and watch your body start to work for you, not against you.

*And ladies, one more thang: if you are rocking the cellulite too and are worried what other people are thinking, let me remind you that no one cares, especially men (or other women), who are just dying to see you naked in any capacity.

Dearest Dimples, 

First off, I owe you a huge apology. I’ve hated you for so many years that I’ve let myself overlook all the strength and beauty that I hold within. So basically, I’m sorry for being a huge bitch.

I recognize that you happen to be on the legs that carry me through life, supporting me and allowing me freedom in my body.

I recognize that you are just a little different from the rest of the skin on my body protecting me, and keeping me healthy and strong.

From now on, I am going to love you, praise you, and accept you for exactly what you are: a perfect part of an imperfectly perfect being.

Thanks for giving me baby makin’ thighs, and a little extra storage for winter.

Love you,
Me


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Lauren Deaton

Lauren Deaton February 03, 2016

I'm writing to my waist (or lack thereof). She's strong, huggable, and connects me to my mama's side of the family.

Smiling even just writing this... xo

Jordan Parker

Jordan Parker February 03, 2016

This used to be my freckles. At one time, they were hated by me and my peers (elementary school was fun...).
Now, they're the wallpaper that lines my beautiful temple; ever changing and evolving in my journeys under the sun.

Zehra

Zehra February 03, 2016

Dear belly,

Thank you for being there when I needed something to pop out of the waistband, somewhere smooth for my kid to rest her head on and a source of funny shapes I get to make when squeezing.

Mimi blitz

Mimi blitz February 03, 2016

What an amazing message! This truly resonated with me and I thank you for being so open! The body part I hate is this fat around my knees. I'm a runner and my legs do so much for me. I love that my knees work for me and allow me to run free!

Amanda Seats

Amanda Seats February 03, 2016

I'm writing this to my tummy. My waist-line is apple shaped and I would have to be anorexic to not have a round, soft tummy. It's been that way since forever. But, my tummy so nicely contains all my internal organs, and for that I am grateful.

p.s. Carly- I would take thigh dimples for honkers like those!

Anne

Anne February 04, 2016

I truly relate to EVERY WORD of this. I'm right there with you! No matter what, my thighs will always have cellulite. I'm not at war with them anymore, they're a part of me, and I totally accept them. Long live the dimples! They're here to stay.

C

C February 08, 2016

We share the same exact story. I love my body! I have a terrible relationship with my cellulite. I am 43 and look 33. My cellulite has major control over me. I love the water more than anything but it is challenging to be in a swimsuit in public. I hope that I can someday embrace it the way that you have. Thank you for sharing your story.

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