Yesterday I stumbled upon a giveaway on Shelley’s blog for Valerie Frankel’s book “Thin is the New Happy.” To enter you had to leave a comment on the blog about whether or not you would pose nude at your ideal weight. I said I would and not only that, I would do it now.
Self esteem in the area of looks and the body is not an easy thing to come by. I track my exercise and nutrition on Sparkpeople, which is a free weight loss and health website. Once you sign up for your free membership you can set up a personal page and have a blog. The saddest blog I’ve ever read in regard to weight was written by a sparker who had lost 200 pounds and was in despair because she still didn’t look like what she thought the ideal body would look like at her new weight. Of course with all that weight loss she had loose skin and she just could not connect her mind to health and well-being in order to move into her new life. It was so sad. The last I checked, she had gained back 100 pounds.
That blog made me realize I need to work very hard to disconnect my self-worth from the scale. In order to do that I am working on having body confidence. Because even after I lose a few more pounds, my body shape will basically be the same, maybe just a thinner version of what I have now. It’s about time for me to love who I am, where I am. Today I celebrate my body!
Old thought: My thighs are so big they rub together, plus I have cellulite.
New thought: My thighs are strong and rock solid. They propelled me through 15 miles of running this week, so far, and 3 Thai Boxing classes!
Old thought: My upper arms are too big.
New thought: My arms are strong and getting thinner too – I did 175 pushups at Thai Boxing on Tuesday!
Old thought: Ugh. Wide hips.
New thought: I’m curvy. My husband (as so most men) loves curvy. He told me “only a dog wants a bone – and then they bury them.” I love that I’m not a bone!
My body is strong and beautiful and serves me well, even at this weight. So, yes, I would pose nude now even though I’m 40 pounds overweight – tastefully draped probably, but I would still do it.