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She’s a Creature of Habit

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As a former college athlete, who felt comfortable eating anything in sight (knowing that I’d burn it all off later!) this post-grad, weight management life has been anything but easy. One of my concerns during this time last year was that I was too skinny and I needed to eat more and gain weight. People would always say that I was too thin and it would bother me. Now I’m at a place in my life where I sit in a cubicle all day, and find myself snacking compulsively. I workout most days, but not nearly at the same level that I used to. Also, I eat dinners too often that lead to some serious food comas. My swimsuit isn’t fitting how it used to. Those jeans are a little snugger than they were a year ago, and even when I start to make a little progress by losing a few pounds, I keep finding myself gaining it back.

This is my personal struggle, and even as a self-empowered woman, I can’t lie and say that this process has been easy for me. 

With that being said, one thing that this experience is teaching me, is that I need to have more will power. In all actuality, I need more will power in ALL areas of my life! I’m starting to  learn that sometimes you owe it to yourself to just say NO.

This could be a guy or girl who isn’t treating you a right, a slice of cheesecake that’s calling your name or even an invitation to go out with a certain crew that doesn’t have your best interest. When I was younger, I heard a pastor once say

“how you do anything is probably how you do everything.”

Needless to say, I constantly find myself facing this reality. This isn’t to say that I have finally solved all my problems and gained true enlightenment. I mean, saying no to glazed donuts at work is still very difficult (let’s be real, Dunkin makes the best donuts!) However, this is a first step for me and acknowledging this issue has only made me stronger.

Kaci Gregory is a recent graduate from Muhlenberg College with a double major in Media & Communications and French & Francophone studies. Because of her interest in women's studies, diversity and her passion for cosmetics and fashion, she founded the blog "She's Debonnaire." Her objective is to facilitate dialogue among women on issues related to gender, race, culture, and sexuality and how they impact perceptions of beauty.

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