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If you aren’t familiar with Operation Beautiful, I recommend visiting Caitlin’s site and jumping on board! OB is the ultimate testament to how a single action (an inspirational post-it note) can lead to a full blown movement (putting an end to fat talk).

To celebrate the Operation Beautiful book release this week, Caitlin is recruiting bloggers to post about their stories and experiences with body image for “Change the Way You See, Not the Way You Look” Week.

I’ve always been athletic. In high school I played soccer and throughout college and post grad I worked out at a gym almost every day. It wasn’t until this year, until I joined the healthy lifestyle blogging community, that I realized that being healthy and being athletic are two very different things. Sure, in college I could run 6 miles but I would return home from that run to binge drink and eat late night Chinese food. Yes, I had a great time, but was I healthy? Absolutely not. When I looked in the mirror did I take pride in my body? No way.

So, I stopped drinking as much and as often. I started cooking more often for myself then ordering in food. I ate more veggies, fruits, and whole grains instead of processed junk. I love to eat, I just changed what I was putting into my body.  I didn’t cut out anything completely, I just learned what moderation meant. The knowledge I gained from reading different blogs has been invaluable.

When I decided earlier this year that I wanted to train and compete in the Boilermaker 15K and the Piseco Lake Sprint Triathlon, I wasn’t sure that I could do it. I had never run farther than a 10K and I had never swam or cycled in anything other than a leisure situation. But I did it. I put in the time and trained my body and mind and crossed both finish lines. I had never felt more pride in my self–physically and mentally–than I did in those moments.

Having a positive image of my own body everyday is a culmination of different factors—exercise, eating a balanced, healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and having FUN all work together. And sure, I sometimes get caught up comparing myself to those rail-thin models that plague the cover of magazines or the those electronic numbers on my scale, but in the big picture those just don’t matter.

I’ll continue to love my body for my Irish skin, for my face that looks like my dad and my hands that are identical to my mom’s, and for the strength I have to keep crossing finish lines.

Congratulations, Caitlin, on the book release. Here is a “cheers” to each and every inspirational sticky note out there.

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