I wish I knew as a teenager that I had a great body. Not a great body like a swimsuit model, or one that makes men drool as they are unable to avert their eyes, but a great body in a healthy, great musculature, awesome build type of way. I'm strong. I'm built like an athlete, or a farmer. My body was made to work hard and take care of people. And I have an awesome butt. It's true. I don't even care, I would tell that to the Pope if I met him. That's how much I love my butt. Even when I was super fat, it was still a good butt!
I walk around with an air of confidence these days that gets me a lot of attention from guys, which I really appreciate, because I didn't have that for so long. I don't mean to be conceited or vain or wrapped up in looks. I am none of those things. I know I'm not a supermodel. I think a lot of it is about my general confidence and not even what I look like.
But I truly enjoy being admired after being the girl that no one paid any attention to in that way for more than ten years. That can really destroy a girl's spirits. For realz. It made me question my worth. I know how hilarious I am, that I'm a great friend and will give all I have to the people I love, and that I make the people around me happier. I also know that everything that I am comes from God and my worth is wrapped up in Him. But when all I ever wanted was to get married and no guy could see past my exterior to all of the inner awesome, you can bet that none of that seemed to matter much after a while.
And sometimes that feeling comes back to haunt me.
The other day, a friend said she wanted to set me up with someone, and my immediate thought was, "he probably won't like me because I'm too fat." It popped into my head before I could even think about it for two seconds. It was automatic. It felt crappy. I wanted to hit that thought over the head with a mallet like it was a whack-a-mole.
I forced myself to stop thinking it. And then I vowed to re-lose the pounds I gained over the summer that are making me feel self-conscious.
I lost 5 this week.
I bought a cute dress at Target for $17, and I love it so much, but I'm not as happy about it as I should be because I know it would be so much cuter if I was twenty pounds lighter. And I was twenty pounds lighter not too long ago, so it feels like a fresh wound.
I took a picture in the dress though, because I wanted to have a before and after picture in it.
|The dress has POCKETS!!!!!|