I have been procrastinating over whether to do video on my website for months now. In fact I’ve just been putting off, putting myself out there for a while. Simple because I’m overweight & I look like my mother (who I haven’t had a relationship with for the past 6 years and I don’t like her – no apology)
I’m a vegan cook & a yoga teacher for crying out loud, I’m supposed to be all shiny and beautiful, right? Wrong, I’m normal (ish) I’m a UK size 14-16 and my stomach is always bloated. Sometimes I have one chin to many and this really pisses me off. Partly due to the fact that I eat a plant based whole foods diet, drink alcohol maybe once a week and do my very best to stay away from the evil white stuff – sugar – not cocaine silly, but sugar is considered to be the cocaine of the food world.
This procrastination led to a great conversation with the husband. We talked about the fact that if I was going to lose loads of weight before I showed up on this world wide web then I would be perpetuating the myth that only skinny is healthy. Well that’s bullshit.
I have a personal trainer, I drink green juice, I take supplements, I go see an acupuncturist, I get loads of exercise, I’m super flexible, I sleep well, I drink herbal tea, I use non toxic products and my sex life ain’t bad either. I just happen to be a curvy woman and I am learning to embrace the shape I’m in.
This subject really hit home last week when I posted this image on my Be Bountiful Facebook page. Facebook lets you know how many people see each post and up until this image, my most popular post was a recipe for Sweet Potato juice (its flipping delicious, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it) 611 people saw this recipe.
This image was seen by 1752 people had 13 shares & 27 likes. You really resonated with the message of this image and sent out the signal that
”Everybodys body is beautiful”
How awesome is that? Which brings me to another thought
“Love your body, because you can’t look after something you hate”
I’m going to share a funny little story that I hope the people involved don’t kill me for Whilst having lunch in a friends garden recently, we got to talking about being naked. I talked about how I had never seen my mother naked and this had an effect on how I feel about my own body. One of the girls told stories of dancing naked at festivals and we generally shared thoughts feelings & insecurities. Then some bright spark, ok it was me, decided we should all get topless right there & then. So we did and we giggled and hoped that the neighbours weren’t watching. But it had a deeper effect on me, it felt great to have the fresh air on my skin, it felt great to be with 3 women, who I love, and just be natural and it helped to reinforce the feeling of acceptance of my body.
So whether your tall, short, skinny, curvy, got big boobs or nothing at all and one leg is shorter than the other, I would just like to say here and now
“Your fucking gorgeous”
And I highly recommend getting naked in front of your friends at least once. If your looking after yourself with great food & moving your body regularly, then you have nothing to worry about. If your not doing these things, snap to it sister, all the time embracing the shape your in and radiate from the inside out.
Written with love, whilst in my underwear!
Got someone in your life that might benefit from a this kind of openess? Then share this with them, flash it around on Facebook or Tweet tweet tweet. I’d also love to hear your thoughts. Tell me, ask me and remember ”Love your body, because you can’t look after something you hate”