Gosh, how often do we turn on the television, or open our web browser and see a model? It is pretty crazy how rare it is to see a typical person now a days. Even the shows meant to mock people still have people who are above average looking 9 out of 10 times. I am fortunate in the fact that I have never struggled with my weight, or any sort of health issue related to it. It definitely was always in my mind though. I knew that skinny and tan was what was important, and muscle definition was important as well. After I turned twenty-five, I gained about twenty pounds, which actually put me closer to where my weight should actually be. After gaining that weight, I realized how much better I looked and felt. Weight was never easy for me to put on, and honestly, I do not think I ever tried that hard. Ever since I have been on this “weight-gaining journey” (I know, it sounds weird), I have felt the most confident I ever have. So, I am going to give you a couple of things I have learned, and maybe they will work for you!
- THINGS FIT BETTER. I honestly think this has been my favorite thing. I noticed that I was finally getting my “womanly” body (*cringe*) that I never knew I wanted. It is pretty darn cool to check out your own butt because it looks that good! Honestly, gaining weight is so much fun! I can eat EVERYTHING, but I’ll get to that in a minute. Don’t get me wrong, I still am doing normal exercise (we all know we have to!).
- FOOD FOOD FOOD. My family is always so worried about their diet, and how many points are in the foods. (Hey mom and aunt tammy!) They constantly tell me about how once I am older, I will be wishing I still had the body I do now. But heck, for now, it is not a question of “Can I eat this whole pizza?” it is a question of, “Can I eat this whole pizza in less time than the pizza I ate yesterday?”. Living the dream guys, living the dream. Food is the way to the heart, and it makes me pretty happy, constantly.
- YOU’RE HAPPY GIRL! No one likes to feel down on themselves, and that is something I struggle with, but hey! If you aren’t worried about your weight, that is one less thing to upset you! Learning to love yourself is the most important thing you can do (check out my post about that here), and probably the most difficult. I am a firm believer in that the only way to be happy is to make yourself happy. I am sure that some Disney character has given me that idea in my life.
- AFFIRMATIONS. I know it sounds stupid, but I tell myself that I am happy with my body. This is just because I am convinced it is good for my mental health. If I am having a day where my body is acting crazy, then I make sure and do it then. Your opinion is the only one that actually matters anyway. As the queen RuPaul says, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love someone else” (Life quote y’all. Live by it!)