One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident

INSIGHTS

Being Fit is Fun

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Looking through photos from this year to make Christmas gifts and this one from April stopped me in my tracks. I rarely get candid photos taken of myself because I’m always the one behind the camera.

I still struggle with body image demons, but honestly I can’t believe how fit and happy I look here. I don’t think I will ever truly see myself the way others do. As long as I can remember, I’ve just associated myself with “fat” because I wasn’t “skinny” in the way our media generally portrays it.

That’s why I’ve been working hard at disconnecting from my body — in a positive way. Truly accepting that it is what it is, a product of my lifestyle.

It’s hard, scary and freeing all at the same time.

I used to do things all in the name of skinny. Now I do them because they make me feel good. Being fit is fun. Being skinny and still hating yourself isn’t.



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Discussion

There are 7 comments so far.

    nic

    December 12, 2013

    You ARE and look stunning and the word fit doesn’t even do you justice. I am so happy to have met you and hope to meet up again. Keep up the good and inspiring work! Love from Switzerland :)

    Joy

    December 12, 2013

    You are fit and also very beautiful. I noticed that when I was watching your videos but I felt weird saying it. But then I decided that you are right: we don’t see ourselves the way others do, and I want you to know that you are beautiful (whether you see it or not).

    Sammy Hantman

    December 12, 2013

    Love the pic….that IS the way we see you!!!

    Chris B

    December 13, 2013

    I’m not sure disconnecting is the right word. You’re very connected with your body: thru fitbit, crossfit and I bet you could rattle off your PRs for 5K, 10K, half and full marathons. You’ve refocused. Instead of thinking about the weight # on the scale or the size on your tags, you’re looking at it from an athletes point of view. Athletes talk about how much they press, how many reps they did… not what the scale says or size shirt they are wearing.

    The amazing thing you’ve done is help thousands (maybe millions?) of others change their mind set too. And you’ve become the media!! Your blogs, your conferences, your videos…thank you for sharing your fears and successes because it helps!!

    carrotsandcandysticks

    December 14, 2013

    YES, this needs to be repeated. “I used to do things all in the name of skinny. Now I do them because they make me feel good.” I think a lot of us have been there and still struggle with that mindset. But ultimately, no changes will be made (or at least not healthy ones) unless we are doing them for their intrinsic value, not the external goal of being skinny. Thanks for the reminder :)

    stevecarve@gmail.com

    December 16, 2013

    For well built up body exercise is important. It increases your self esteem and confidence. Yes, I agreed that you look stunning. Hope you will continue your workout and stay healthy and fit.

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    Larry Carlton

    December 19, 2013

    Wow such great information for me. Thanks for sharing. You truly can write and teach and inspire. Keep writing – I’ll keep reading.