The #PrettyHealthyProject¬†has always been, in part, an effort to regain my mental health following my difficult first year at university. This summer, and the project, has largely been a recovery and strengthening process to support me for my return to York this weekend(!). A number of things have aided me in this process, most notably spending so much time with my family, G, and friends, taking the pressure off, and working on my body image and confidence through this project – but I’ve realised that there has been one thing which has helped more than any other. This summer I was given the opportunity to part-loan a horse called Sooty, and the effect has been profound.

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Back when I started this project, I wrote about how I’ve hated my body for as long as I can remember. But in the last few weeks something in me has changed, and it’s down to that question in the title. For me, that question signifies a shift in mindset which has enabled me to become, for the first time in my life, truly body-positive. So what changed?

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