body positive challenge - By Megan Kelly

Body Positive: The 12-month Bucket List Challenge

body positive challenge - By Megan KellySo here’s a crazy idea, let’s do another year-long challenge while we’re still busy with #365BeautyTips. This year, I really wanted to learn to embrace the body that I have, instead of hating it in hopes of one day waking up and having the “perfect body.” I have been toying with this idea for a little while now and thought that why not challenge myself to a year-long journey of embracing self-love.

Truth is, just like many of you, I face quite a bit of obstacles when it comes to accepting my body. Many of which still hold me back from doing certain things, or even stop me from participating in what seems like could be a lot of fun. I recently pondered on the cliche that no one gets out alive and that very few people actually live due to the limitations that we put on ourselves. It saddened me to think that in my old age, I will most likely be sitting staring at my wrinkles and looking back on all the things in life that I never did because of my chubby thighs, rounded tummy and big boobs.

In the spirit of working on my own challenges, I thought that it would be fun to identify 12 things that I want to accomplish in the next year. These are things that I would usually avoid because I feel that I am too fat or always found myself saying that I would like to try it, but only after I have lost a certain amount of KGs or reached a certain size. I am making it a very public challenge in hopes of inspiring you to conquer your own fears, try new things and stop using your body as an excuse to miss out on life’s adventures.

The rules? Do at least one challenge a month and of course, blog what each challenge taught me about myself and what sort of experiences it has helped me overcome. Some things may seem pretty ridiculous but let’s be frank, I am pretty ridiculous and I make seemingly small things into really big things.

My 12 challenges…

  1. Wear boots in winter (I have chunky calves) (HERE)
    Zando Curvy Jeans - By Megan Kelly
  2. Go to gym (I am scared I will be the biggest girl there and will probably look ridiculous) (HERE, HERE and HERE)
  3. Wear a two-piece costume (and maybe do a bomb-drop and drown the city of PE)
  4. Attempt a boudoir photoshoot
  5. Try a yoga class (afraid I may pull a poep-string)
  6. Go a week without wearing makeup and still feel confident without it (HERE)
  7. Wear a crop top (heck, why not try a full body suit, too!)
  8. Participate in a 5km walk for charity (HERE)
  9. Rock a bodycon dress
  10. Be photographed while on holiday (I don’t have a single honeymoon photo of myself, because eew – my arms!)
  11. Go swimming without shorts (HERE)
  12. Wear a bold print. (HERE)

Seems simple right? Some of these challenges will be tougher than others but there’s no denying how excited I am to get started! I am also looking for a PE photographer who I can partner up with, to capture each of these 12 challenges to feature on the blog. If you have any suggestions or are interested in working together, please contact me: editor@bymegankelly.co.za

Keep an eye out on the blog for more on each challenge and if you have challenges that you think would be a good fit for this new journey – I want to hear from you! Comment below and I may just include a few bonus challenges, each month!

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25 Comments
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  • 3trollsmom
    Posted at 16:21h, 03 May

    Hi Megan,
    I think it is a great idea – as women we really do have so many hang-ups about our bodies. We really do need to learn to love what we have and enjoy life more despite what we see as our body flaws.
    Look forward to following your body journey …. might just join you here in Cape Town (I recognise quite a few hang-ups on your list!)

    • Megan Kelly
      Posted at 15:20h, 04 May

      Hey Nici, thanks hun! So glad that you’re keen on the challenge – I would love to feature you, if you try any or all of the challenges! Embrace and seize the moment hun!

      • 3trollsmom
        Posted at 19:57h, 06 June

        Hmmm ….. let me mull over your list. I see you are going to tick one thing off your list …. 5km Colour Run – nice one!

        • Megan Kelly
          Posted at 20:26h, 06 June

          Yep, and I have ticked off go to a gym – I am attending Curves. PLUS, I just ordered boots for winter and have a lovely bold print in the works… my list is starting to take shape 😉

          • 3trollsmom
            Posted at 17:25h, 07 June

            Eeek! I had better look at your list and make one of my own. It’s a year of BIG change for me so I think this is a good start 🙂

  • kirstyhoggons
    Posted at 10:41h, 28 March

    I honestly love this idea! I could not agree more with what you are saying! I think that I should try some (most) of these myself!

    • Megan Kelly
      Posted at 16:05h, 28 March

      Hey Kirsty, EEK! So glad you like this challenge! I’d love to hear from you if you go ahead and do some of these challenges or even some of your own! Good luck!