For my entire life I’ve struggled with body image. I was bullied relentlessly by my parents and classmates growing up because I was overweight. I battled an eating disorder and hated everything about my appearance. I even had weight loss surgery and got down to a very low weight and suddenly had all this male attention. Validation became my oxygen and I was only worth something if I was deemed pretty. When medication for my mental health made me gain weight, I was so worried I’d spiral into a cycle of calorie restriction. But I decided to love the skin I was in and wear whatever the fuck I wanted, because life’s too damn short to live in fear of other people’s impressions of you. I suddenly began to love my body, and was able to be more open with my sexuality, bold in fashion choices, and fell in love with yoga without worrying how my body would be perceived by others. Every time I post pictures like this, I have people messaging me saying they wished they had my confidence. Well, it’s one hell of a rough journey but take it one step at a time and you can and will fall in love with yourself. This is me, makeup free and unfiltered and I fucking love it. #aeriereal #effyourbeautystandards #bodypositive #lovetheskinyourein #tattoos #altgirl
How do you quit believing that FAT on your body is disgusting, shameful, ugly, and should be hidden?
Well first, why do we believe that everything on our body needs to be attractive and beautiful?
I understand that when you have magazines and movies that showcase gorgeous women with perfect looking skin and bodies, it’s hard not to compare ours and see that we come up short.
But sweet friends, your beauty is so much more than what your body looks like.
YOU ARE MORE THAN YOUR BODY!
Second, I have found freedom in my skin by not hiding it anymore.
I used to stuff my belly and thighs into slimmers and control waist pants. I didn’t want it to be seen!
I would spend summers in jeans (this is NO joke) because I didn’t feel like it was okay to wear shorts.
My thighs were too fat and gross to be seen by public eyes.
I wouldn’t go swimming with my kids or dare to be seen in a bathing suit.
Even writing this is making me want to cry and get angry at the same time.
My body is a body, whether it’s big or small, and no one size is granted permission to be seen and the other needs to remain hidden!
This is crazy!
I don’t care what size you are sweet friend, thin or chubby or slim or fit or obese or fat, you are not disgusting.
Your skin and all the stretch marks and cellulite and scars show that you’ve lived!!!!
Your soul is beautiful. It was uniquely crafted by the very hands of God.
Don’t punish its dwelling place by following the rules of a society that can be incredibly shallow, always changing with the new trend, and not in line with TRUTH.
Live in truth. ❤️ #mybodyisbeautiful #fatbelly #fatgirl #fatgirls #curvy #curves #plussize #bbw #bigandbeautiful #curvywoman #curvygirl #stretchmarks #enddietculture #effyourbeautystandards #beautybeyondsize #plussizemodel #psootd #plussizefashion #bodypositive #bodyacceptance #fatshaming #fato #fatshion #biggirl #bodylove #honormycurves
Thank you for all you do to take care of me. I may not always like you, but I respect and appreciate that you are always there for me. You can process, digest, and absorb all types of foods. You don’t require that I track, count, or log my food or movement. You’ll continue functioning, processing, digesting, absorbing, living regardless. You are so smart, smarter than our culture gives you credit for. You give me the ability to move and work and do things that are meaningful to my well-being.
And beyond what you physically do for me to keep me alive - you are the direct vehicle that allows me to live out my values. When you one day slow down, stop moving, and no longer function at full physical capacity - you are still so valuable. You STILL take care of me. You will still allow me to live out my values and do things that are important. You are the vehicle for my values, not a prize on display.
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In a blink of an eye it seems November has come and gone.👏🏻I’ve been so caught up with graduate school, my job, and taking care of myself that I forgot to share my 1SE for November. 🤭Here it is! ✨I can’t believe it’s already December and 2019 is upon us!🎉But one thing I’ll be proud of entering the new year, is capturing small snippets of my every days this past year.🗓By no means will my “video” show everything about this past year but it will show some insight which is neat! 📷Stay tuned, my last 1SE will be coming soon.🥰