2016 Ms. Bikini New England Finalist Katie Veazie shares, "Please please please ladies, stop trying to shrink yourself. We're bombarded with messages everywhere telling us to take up less space. "Lose 15 pounds fast" "drop 2 dress sizes by New Years!"

While wanting to lose weight is an admirable goal, please be sure you are doing it for the right reasons. Do it because you want to be able to keep up with your kids. Do it because your joints will feel better. Don't do it because you're trying so hard to fit into an unrealistic expectation society has put on you. If you don't love yourself now, you won't love yourself weighing 15 pounds less.

But don't be afraid to set goals to take up more space! Want to get freakin strong and feel powerful? That might require putting on some weight and size, and that's just as beautiful. Screw what society tells you that you should do.

Health and happiness first always."