Mallory Schlossberg says that her relationship with her body, like most women's, is pretty weird. Growing up, she was super self conscious and obsessed with being thin.
She says there were also times later in life when she would indulge herself, but she never gained so much weight to "look truly heavy."
Eventually, she reached a happy, zen-like state when it came to her mindset about her body. She ate healthfully, exercised regularly and got enough sleep — the triple threat of a healthy lifestyle, right?
But then Mallory got engaged, and that body-positive imagery went out the window.
"I had to get a #bridebody," she wrote on Redbook. "There is no other industry on earth that is simply built around telling women that, sure, you are pretty enough to get engaged, but are you hot enough to have ten thousand photos taken of you? Don't you want to spend the next 14 months of your life morphing your body into an alien version of yourself, depriving yourself of all the joy that led you to this very moment so that you get to be a dress-size smaller for five hours — all before gorging yourself on your honeymoon?"
Click through to read more about Mallory's journey to her bride body.