The media had me convinced I couldn’t do anything about cellulite. My biggest mistake was believing that nonsense. Remember that just because cellulite is a stubborn problem doesn’t mean it can’t be gotten rid of.
It’s important to remember that a good relationship with our bodies is essential to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle. We have to love our bodies just the way they are. Only when we love our bodies can we take care of them and watch them transform into machines that will not quit on us for as long as we live.
Most of us have struggled with that ‘orange peel’ appearance of our skin. You know when you look in the mirror and all you can see on your thighs are unattractive bumps that just make you go, ‘ugh.’
I’ve come to not let the media influence me as much as it used to. The media are people just like you and me. They can only give their opinions and talk about their experiences. And yet, they take those and make them the standard by which everyone else must measure themselves. And the tragedy is: we let them.
Just remember: you don’t have to listen to everything the media says. What are your own opinions and experiences? Because those matter more to your life than the opinions and experiences of other people.
Anyway, I was saying that for a long time the media had me believe I could never get rid of cellulite. At best, I could reduce its appearance. That’s nonsense. I’ve gotten rid of the cellulite on my thighs though some is still visible at the backs of my thighs. But I believe it won’t be there for long.
So, what did I do?
Before I share with you what I did, I have to tell you that I didn’t set out on my journey of a simple healthy lifestyle with getting rid of cellulite on my mind. Like I said, I’d let the media convince me I couldn’t do that. So, what I did was accept my body and love it just the way it was. With that love, I set out to make my life better and my body just followed that and positively changed.
So, this is what I did:
- I ate clean. I stopped the junk food. Seriously, what is nourishing about feeding your body greasy, overly sweet food? Nothing. Those foods are actually damaging to your body. I dropped all those foods and ate clean. That means lots of fruits and vegetables, grains, healthy fats etc.
- I drank a lot of water. I talk about the effortless and natural way of drinking water here. Drinking a lot of water helped me in ways I never thought possible. A few weeks into drinking a lot of water, I felt better in every way. Water flushes out toxins from your body and just makes your body work efficiently.
I’ve said before that I like sticking to the basics because they make things simple for me. I can’t claim to know a lot of science behind drinking a lot of water. But I listen to my body and I know it responds well when I drink a lot of water, including getting rid of cellulite.
- I exercised regularly. For me that’s five days out of the seven days of the week. I rest on Saturdays and Sundays. But during these two days, my body still works hard because there’s a lot of yard work to do, including chores and laundry. Exercising just revitalized me and made me feel alive. With all that blood pumping through my body, the cellulite on my body reduced.
I jog and do strength training. I don’t force myself to do a lot. I just go with what my body can take and rest when I feel tired. I exercise for only 30 mins, and though you might feel like that time is just too short, for me it’s perfect. It lets me exercise without feeling bored or overwhelmed and keeps me doing my workouts every week day.
- I adopted a positive mindset. Enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle can’t be possible if you are not mentally healthy. I feel like a lot of people ignore that, and they do all the right things but nurture their mental health. I avoided stress and gave myself a lot of pep talks when I was feeling down.
I prayed and conversed with God about everything I was feeling, both good and bad. I let him take care of me while I rested in his finished works. That rest allowed me to have the peace of mind that still boggles my mind to this day (loving the pun here). With my mental health in shape, my body just followed through and I started feeling and looking healthy and the cellulite just packed and left.
- I took care of my skin. I always cringe at people who say they don’t apply any lotion or cream to their bodies, or that they feel lazy to do it. In my culture that’s unheard of. It doesn’t matter how much of a hurry you are in, you have to apply lotion or cream after bathing. That’s how I grew up and the notion that I could take a bath and then put on my clothes without applying lotion or cream never even existed until I read of people who did it.
Anyway, applying some form of lotion or cream to your skin will keep your skin moisturized, lessening the appearance of cellulite. Don’t skimp out on the lotion. And don’t buy into the lie that you have to have an expensive cream. No, buy what you can afford and lather it on your skin.
- I stopped obsessing over what I saw in the mirror. Please, remember to love your body. If you know you’re just going to hate your body when you look in the mirror, then don’t look in the mirror. But if you do, appreciate every part of your body and wish yourself good health.
The final word
Cellulite is a problem for many women. There’s no reason to hate yourself just because you have it. As you actively pursue a simple healthy lifestyle, your body is bound to change and your cellulite will slowly disappear until one day you look in the mirror and it’s gone. Remember to love your body just the way it is.
Thank you for reading this post. What are your experiences with cellulite? Please share with us in the comments below.