Personally, summer is a difficult time of year for me regarding body image and appearance. Without fail, the thoughts of wanting to tone up and get “in shape” for the summer return and take over. But at the end of the day, summer is just a time of year. There is no one size fits all when it comes to a season and one body type should not be praised over another.
When I’m really struggling, I think about it this way. All of the goals you have for yourself, whether that is to earn good grades in school, be a top athlete, study abroad, get married, graduate, etc cannot be achieved if you don’t eat. It simply won’t happen. It can be so easy in the moment to want that instant gratification of skipping a meal or cutting down on certain foods, but it is so much bigger than that. Think of recovery as an investment to your future self and what you want your future to look like. Focusing on the long-term rather than day to day can be helpful and it motivates you to continue doing the right thing and not to fall into unhealthy patterns and behaviors