How I learned to love my body, and why you should too!

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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!

  1. 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!).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!)

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13 Comments

  1. Lovely post here, Ashlee! Often when we think of people worrying about their bodies, we think about people who are overweight and struggling to become thin. I was like the same once, but I lost the weight when I decide I wanted to be *healthy*. It’s important to get your body into shape with the goal of caring for it, not making it what society wants it to be. Thin girls are not excluded from body issues. It is so important to discuss the power in the journey to *gain* weight as much as the journey to lose weight. Great work, girl. This post is wonderful, but then I do love anyone who is celebrating love for their body.You’re awesome for sharing this. XOXO

    Breanna Catharina
    smile–sugar.com

    1. Thank you so much! It took me a long time to learn to love my body, but now hat I have I can never imagine going back. I just wish other people would begin to feel this way. Thanks for commenting!

  2. This was such a lovely post to read 🙂 These are all really great things, especially just loving who you are and being happy in your own skin. I find positive affirmations always really helpful 🙂

    1. It definitely is something that is easier said than done. The world is so hard on people sometimes, and I just hope that one day we see some sort of improvement. Thank you so much for commenting!

  3. I love this post! As a shorter than average person I am always being picked on biased on my size. But I just ignore the comments because I love me and how I look. Great post for every woman!

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