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Friday, July 17, 2009

Embracing The Body You Have Now

I'm quite sure by now you all have seen Khloe Kardashians new slim figure on the cover of Life & Style magazine. If you are a fan of the Kardashians like I am, then, you have seen Khloe struggle with her weight on their hit reality show. You also know that she was tired of being compared to her smaller petite sisters.

In the Life & Style article, Khloe states that she was tired of being the "Fat funny one." She now loves her new slender body and feels that she can now dress, "Trendier and younger." Khloe is now a size six and she is looking to lose an additional 10-20 pounds. Now, don't get me wrong, she looks great and I'm happy that she can now feel comfortable with her body. However, in my opinion, she was never this large fat girl that she and the media made her out to be. Her biggest size was a size 10 (WTF!). You and I both know a size 10 is still considered small.

What makes me so frustrated by these comments is the fact that she feels she can dress trendier and younger as a size six, as if she could not do it at a size 10. What message is this sending to our young girls who are size 10's and up. Don't get me wrong. I am all for a healthy body and life style, but to think that being smaller is equivalent to looking younger is a bunch of nonsense. I've seen plenty of old looking size 2's. What I do understand is that weight and body acceptance is a personal issue and you cannot make anyone love their body. They have to do it on their own.

My issue with weight loss is once you start losing weight and your clothes start fitting looser, you become extremely happy and motivated, but once you've met your goal you become relaxed and when the pounds start creeping back up you go into panic mode and start beating yourself up. Your self esteem is down and you begin to think that you only look good when you're smaller.

A few years ago I had this issue. I had just graduated from college and I had packed on quite a few pounds. I did not want to go anywhere. I tried to cover up myself as much as possible. I joined a weight loss club and lost over 30 pounds. Once that happened. I was all jolly again. I had a new lease on life. I wanted to go everywhere and be seen. Then about two years after that. I started getting comfortable and the pounds started creeping up. When that happened I vowed to myself that I would never go back into a shell.

So, as the weight was coming back, I adjusted my wardrobe to fit the body I had now. I would look in the mirror and say, "Yeah, butt, you are getting a little bigger, so, let me go find a pair of jeans to make you look good." I would also say, "Okay, I'm feeling a little chunky monkey today, but, tonight I'm going to go out and strut my stuff instead of sitting in the house feeling sad." These comments made me feel a little better each day and it made me make little dietary changes until I got my body back to where I was comfortable.

I think it is very important to embrace the body you have NOW. Don't wait until you lose weight to love or embrace your body. Don't wait until you lose weight to dress trendier or younger. Don't wait until you lose weight to go out with your friends and have a good time. You only have one body and it is going to take you through many ups and downs. You should make every effort possible to make yourself feel good about yourself. Do I wish my hips were smaller? Hell yeah! But when they are bigger I love how they fill out my skinny jeans, it makes me feel sexier. When I lose a few pounds and my hips are smaller I love how I can squeeze through a small space with out them knocking something down.

My life does not end because I am bigger and it does not begin because I am smaller.
So today, I say to you, Embrace, Embrace, Embrace! Embrace your body whether you have a big butt, gut, legs, thighs, hips, feet, or breast.

Turn those negative views into positive views. It's all about maintaining a healthy positive mind when it comes to what you think about yourself. Negative thoughts will just tear your spirit down. Tell your body thank you for carrying me through this far.

1 comment:

Teisha said...

Great post. I agree that while being healthy is great, that Khloe or anyone else should never allow other views to make them think something is wrong w/ the way they look. It amazes me that she wants to lose an additional 10-20 lbs. I dont feel like she has a healthy outlook on her body at all. It's unfortunate that the media can be so cruel b/c it really messes w/ people's heads.

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