Learn to love yourself and everything you are. Share with me the struggles of body acceptance and self love. Read my ups and downs as I try to be confident in who I am. Find advice on where to start with body positivity. And, leave encouragement for all those finding their way.
A year ago today I started losing weight. If you know me at all, you know I’m a yo-yo dieter. I go up and down like crazy, but for the last five years I’ve been consistently gaining. And, I’m going to be really candid and open with you and let you know my highest weight was 257 pounds in October 2016. I was a size 18/20. I was miserable.
As a bigger girl, I wish I had a nickel for every time someone told me, “You’re so brave!” when commenting on the fact that I wore a bathing suit, or shorts, or a tank top – for that matter – out in public. I’m one of those “big girls” who isn’t ashamed to wear a bikini – fatkini, high-waisted, etc. And, it never fails that every time I do, I have someone comment that they wish they had my bravery or how brave I was for daring to step out in something that showed a small, tiny, minuscule amount of my stomach. We’re talking maybe an inch of skin, but I digress.
It’s funny how your life can change in just a second. One little second can turn everything you ever knew upside down. And, before you read and further, I want to let you know that I am FINE. But, I almost wasn’t.