When it comes to her body, Mandy Moore doesn’t care about a set of numbers on a scale.
“There’s no real endgame for me with fitness,” she said. “I’ve always been the girl who goes by how my clothes fit. I don’t weigh myself — I just like to feel good in my body.”
And when it comes to diets, Moore added that she doesn’t like to deprive herself. “I eat well to feel good, not to look good,” she continued.
Moore also said that although “running is a challenge I’m not up for,” she does want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro someday.
“I do want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. That’s a bucket list item—maybe on the next hiatus,” she said, before adding that she’s already warned her fiancé Taylor Goldsmith that “I may incorporate it into the honeymoon.”
Opening up about her struggles with body positivity, Moore revealed that it took her years to feel comfortable with her body.
“When I was 12 or 13, I grew four inches over the summer, and I developed terrible posture because I was taller than all the guys and uncomfortable in my skin,” she said. “Although I’ve become a lot more comfortable with myself—I’m 5’10’’ and a size 6—everyone has their self-doubts and insecurities.”
But as she’s gotten older, Moore added that learning to love herself has gotten easier. “As I get older, I’m learning what it takes to love myself fully through exercise, healthy eating, and monitoring my inner voice in an effort to keep it positive,” she continued.
“By self-prioritizing, I feel healthier, more centered, and therefore more confident. I’ve come to love my height. Taylor is a bit shorter than I am, but I’ll put on those four-inch heels and be 6’2’’!” she added.
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