This week's #SkinImInSunday features Annabel Halliday of Lebanna Beauty. The New York based beauty enthusiast and makeup artist, focuses on all things hair, makeup, and skincare on her Instagram and Youtube pages. Below, Annabel shares her struggles with weight and how she has worked to overcome her insecurities over the years. Scroll to read her story:
Hey! I’m Annabel Halliday of Lebanna Beauty on Instagram and Youtube. Over the years, I’ve struggled with my “weight”. It’s always been difficult to express this struggle because many people would see me (even at my biggest), and describe me as “small”. However, when I looked in the mirror, I saw a person who was far from small. 2018 was the peak of my insecurities, it had been a year since I graduated university and I was the biggest I’ve ever been in my life. I only took selfies- which I would try and edit to make my face slimmer, I tried every diet you can imagine, even tried a 7 day “water fast” (didn’t end well).
Towards the end of the year, I decided that none of those were working. I had lost some weight but still wasn’t happy. I would look in the mirror or take pictures and only notice my hip dips, my not-so-flat belly, etc. I realized that the issue was beyond what I saw when I looked in the mirror or stepped on the scale but it was also in my head. I decided to change my lifestyle as well as my mindset. I started taking practical steps to live a healthier life and take care of my body more. I started working out and setting realistic fitness goals and eating cleaner while still eating and drinking things I enjoyed but in moderation. I also started pushing myself to wear things I wouldn’t have dared to wear in previous years, I figured out what clothes flattered me more than others and realized that there’s no such thing as an “ideal body”. I realized that I was given the body I’m in and it was my responsibility to love it and take good care of it, and that’s exactly what I did.