“Does this make me look fat?” “Hmm, well these must have shrunk, all the pants have been doing that lately.” “None of these shirts are made for me. This part here used to go in a bit more on the sides.” “Did my ring always fit this tight?” “If I just put my hands on the sides of my face when I take a picture, it’ll make me look thinner right? Maybe if I just move my hair to cover half my face it will give it that sexy no one will notice how wide it is look.” “Please let this slim fit sizing fad die!” ” I don’t need a scale, those things are bad for you!” ” I know I said I wouldn’t have any more cookies and soda, but It’s kind of an emergency.” “I’ll exercise when I have the time and energy, it’s me time now.” All of these thoughts are due to your view of body image.
If any of this sounds familiar, you don’t need to join the club, you already have your member ID card and it probably needs renewing. In other words, these thoughts are nothing new. So why feel badly about them? Why shame ourselves when so many others can’t wait to do it for you? I’m not going to write today about how to lose weight or the reasons we all could lose some unnecessary fat. I just want us to come together and admit that this is hard and this is confusing and so many of us know it. There isn’t always a clear answer. So many magazines and books promise that they do have the answers, but why then are we still hoping for something that works for us?