I just turned 30 and I've struggled with a negative self-image my entire life.
Even at my "smallest", I still felt fat.
Ugh I hate that word. "Fat". It's a word I have often heard the women in my family say.
"I've gotten so fat."
"I need to lose some weight so I'm not so fat."
I didn't think much of it at the time. It was just the word we used to describe anyone who wasn't thin.
It was the word I used internally to describe myself ...
But I have a 4 year old daughter. She has begun to describe Disney princesses as"pretty". She begs for Chapstick, lamenting that I won't let her wear lipstick. It takes her being dressed up to feel pretty.
I refuse to let the word "fat" be in her vocabulary.
We aren't fat.
We are overweight.
We don't get rid of fat.
We lose weight.
"Fat" is a derogatory term, used to tear down. Can you think of ANY way to use the word "fat" in a positive way?
Why do we use it?
Now, at the very biggest I have ever been, I am finally ok with my body. I don't fear what others think. I can love my body as it is. But I am also ready to be healthy. I have been working on a weight loss program for a month now. I'm not doing this because I hate my body. My body is not a thing to loathe. I'm going to celebrate it and make it great.
I'm doing it for my daughter .. The most beautiful girl I know.