I have seen so many news stories lately on the drastic things women are doing to lose weight… from using a feeding tube to get skinny for their wedding to going on crash diets to lose weight and fit into that size 0 dress.
My feelings? Perfection is way overrated. In fact.. there is no such thing as a perfect body! We are all striving for something that is unobtainable and unrealistic. How many women do you know who are naturally perfectly shaped and beautiful according to the public perspective? Not many.. not many at all.
In fact most women have stretch marks, cellulite, pudginess and more. This is natural, but according to public perspective… it’s not “beautiful” so we strive to meet these unrealistic standards and kill ourselves and our self esteem in the process.
Why? Why strive for this “beautiful” which is shown on the magazine covers with models who are airbrushed to the “perfect size” and “perfect skin”. They don’t look like that in real life.. they have flaws like every other human being but we don’t see that side.
I am happy to say I am a plus size woman and always have been, even in my “skinny” days I was a size 10. And even though I am thicker now, I still feel beautiful. My husband thinks i’m beautiful from my head to my toes… even with my cellulite, imperfect shape and now pregnant belly with swollen feet and ankles.
In fact… this is me, in all my glory. Even with a huge belly… I still feel beautiful! Not because i’m the “perfect size” because obviously… i’m not, haha. But because a long time I ago I decided to stop looking at what size and shape others thought I should be and started looking at myself for who I am. Even with all my flaws… I feel beautiful because I choose to.
And I have graciously gotten beautiful belly stretch marks from baby Chloe and I know I will have excess belly after she is born… and I am ok with that! It’s a natural process and something every woman goes through, I am not unique to this at all. Yes I will strive to “get into shape” after she arrives but I will do that for me, to feel better for myself and no one else. Even then I will not strive to be a size 6, I will strive to feel better in general no matter if that means a size 14 or 16!
I will also strive to teach my daughter that true beauty IS on the inside and who she is as a person… not just how she looks on the outside. And a man will love her for her, not because of big breasts or the “perfect shape” but for who she really is. Something I never realized until I met my husband who loved me skinny… loved me thick.. and loves me big and pregnant!
Beauty fades… looks fade… shapes change. Perfection is overrated and we as women shouldn’t continue to strive for the unobtainable but be happy with what God gave us!
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