Danielle C. Belton argues in a piece for Clutch magazine that you can have a good life at any size.

Ah, the "bikini body." That ethereal thing where everyone, suddenly, is supposed to look like a swimsuit model or a Hollywood starlet or a freshly sunned Kardashian — instead of their bony, lumpy, awkward selves. It's where we apply an impossible standard on a situation where we shouldn't even give a crap.

But most importantly, the pursuit for the "ideal" keeps us from actually enjoying our life in the moment.

How many times have you or someone you've known forgone pleasure because we felt we didn't deserve it for some superficial reason? Where most simple parts of living are now "rewards" only for those who have the right "look" to obtain them? Where you can't get married unless you drop the weight for the wedding, or you can't go to the beach this summer if you don't get into a certain shape, or that you can't buy new clothes or start dating again unless you go down or up a dress size?


Read Danielle C. Belton's entire piece at Clutch magazine.

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