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I have not let my weight stop me this time. I am wearing tank tops, sundresses and bathing suits in public. I’m running around playing with my kids this summer and I sometimes even feel attractive.

Yes. You heard me.

“I feel pretty. Oh so pretty. I feel pretty, and witty and bright.”

Well…not exactly. But something like that.

Is it because I’m getting older? Is it that I have more to worry about than just how I look? Or maybe it’s because my kids look at me with such adoring eyes.

Really, it doesn’t matter.

I don’t hate my body anymore.

That’s huge for me to admit and hard to even wrap my mind around.

I’m not giving up on exercising and getting healthy. Those are things I will continue to strive for because I want to be around awhile.

That is an except from the post “Exposed by my Children for what I Really Look Like” on BridgetteTales.com. It’s a MUST read – Click here to read it!

As for me, I’m sitting in the Vegas airport waiting for my red eye back to Baltimore with whiny Jen and delirious Carrie.

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We had fun. BlogHer was cool. Met lots of amazing women. Book is almost done. I just want to go home. I miss the boys.

‘Night!

 
  • Elliene

    I read the article, saw the photo (prior to seeing your post) and was left shaking my head.

    No one should be okay with being 75 pounds overweight, particularly when said person is a parent. The story sounds somewhat embellished, as well. Unless her children are being raised by a British nanny who formerly served the royal family…do you know any kids who really converse in those words?

    This whole “I’m fat but I’m a good person so it’s okay” thing is tiresome. This whole put-on “I love my body as it is” is a LIE. Loving one’s body is the act of caring for it properly, not making a blanket, passive statement about how one admires one’s rolls and blobs. I love my body by feeding it proper foods and exercising it. There are some parts of my body that are FOREVER DAMAGED by the years I spent making the CHOICE to be 75 pounds overweight, like the author of that piece does. That isn’t love.

    She and millions like her, and formerly myself, place greater value on impulse eating of pleasure foods and time spent with electronic devices than they do on creating and maintaining their own health. It should not be justified, glorified, or necessarily vilified — but it should be addressed truthfully.

    • RoniNoone

      I hear you but I also do not think people can change unless they start from a place of love of themselves. Maybe not of their body but of themselves and that’s what this woman’s post says to me.

      She also says…

      “I’m not giving up on exercising and getting healthy. Those are things I will continue to strive for because I want to be around awhile.”

      So I don’t think she is okay with being 75lbs overweight. She wants to change but that change won’t happen be berating herself.

    • Erin

      I find this type of response to a woman, any woman, making the effort to stop hating themselves and their body…tiresome. I read your comment and am left shaking my head. (see how we can have the same reaction in totally opposite ways? being human and different is awesome!)
      As you know, having been someone who was 75lbs overweight by your own admission, that you had to come to a point where you saw your body differently and then chose to treat it differently. Maybe you hated your weight off, but I doubt it. Her decision to love her body as it is – is no lie. It’s just love. You seemed to miss the part where she states that she isn’t giving up exercising and eating healthy.
      I have no idea where your statements in your last paragraph come from – but it’s a judgy- judgy place and it can’t feel good to live there. You don’t have to. You can cheer a sister on.

  • nancyabc

    I went in and read a lot of her post.
    I like how she writes her feelings out there for everyone to see.
    I am not brave enough to do that.
    It’s something she is feeling at that moment and we have to start somewhere.
    After playing it over and over again in her head (or ours) will the weight start coming off???
    At least I read about a women who is constantly on the move living life with joy and finding more reasons each day to fill those days with positive things.
    You go girl.
    I need to get off this Kindle and start moving.

  • Martha Glantz

    Love that post. For years when I was heavy (and even when I lost weight) I wouldn’t go sleeveless or wear shorts. This time though it dawned on me that lots of people wear things that don’t look that good on them and if i wanted to go sleeveless even with arms that jiggle a bit. SO WHAT? If it’s hot and that is what I want to wear, I’lll do it.
    Over time I’m coming to accept and love my body. It’s my body and serves me well.

  • nossair40

    weight destroyer program – weight loss : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k6MT44ORjY

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