Weighing in on the body image issue

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body-imageSo while it’s probably safe to say I’m a little over the whole body image topic, I’ve decided that I’d still like to have my own say.

Not on the models in the magazines, the plus sized models on the catwalk, or lack there of, or the way photoshop is used to make even the tiniest of people look even tinier.

No, none of that. I’d like to talk about my own thoughts on MY body. Risky, selfish, whatever you want to call it, here’s what I think about me, myself and I.

My story isn’t one for the dramatics. I don’t have an eating disorder, and I don’t go to extremes with my food or exercise. Well I don’t really go anywhere with my exercise because I don’t really do any.

Growing up I never had a weight issue. I was naturally normal. I don’t like to say the word thin, because a) I don’t like it and b) you wouldn’t look at me and think wow she’s thin, I was you know, just a size 10. I never had to worry about bits poking out here and there, and was easily able to where usually whatever I wanted quite comfortably. God I sound up myself, but I promise you I’m not!!

So there I was plodding along not worried about my weight until a couple of years ago. Gradually I noticed that no more could I just eat whatever I wanted without consequence. And slowly the kilo’s crept on. So about 2 years ago I gradually put on about 8-10 kilos, it hovers depending on what I’ve eaten that day!

I have pants that I can juuust do up, and would ok to wear if you know I didn’t need to breathe or anything important like that. I have dresses that fit, if you call fitting, being able to do them up, but then not being able to walk for fear the side of it might split in half!

Any you know what, I’m ok with that. I’m ok with the fact that my body has changed, and I haven’t even got bloody kids to blame it on! Essentially my weight gain has been evenly distributed! So I’m just a little more padded all over! My butt pokes out more than it used to. On a bad day, I could pass my tummy off for at least 4 months preggers. My arms have that slight tuckshop lady flab going on, and don’t even get me started on my thighs!

I guess in some respect I do worry about gaining weight, enough for me to think about writing this post anyway. But not in a ‘oh my god I’m fat’ kinda way. And not in a I HAVE to look like that model in the magazine kinda way either. More that I know I’d probably feel a little better about myself if I exercised more and got my body moving. I’d be healthier and feel better phyically, and with that comes feeling better about how you look.

So I guess in a nutshell, while I grief for the clothes that I used to feel fantastic in, I’m also ok with the fact that I prefer and feel more comfortable in a maxi-dress as opposed to a mini-skirt. (Not that I ever got round in mini-skirts, but you get my point!). And for those that know me, no I haven’t lost my mind, yes most of my clothes are 10-12, but I still thought I’d share my body changing experience anyhow.

So there you have it, Ami’s Body Image according to moi! Alright, your turn now!

1 Comment
  • Jodie at Mummy Mayhem
    November 19, 2009

    I’m a big believer that if you’re eating the right foods (mostly), exercising (even a little – like walking every day) and drinking water then whatever your body shape is, is how it’s supposed to be. If you’re healthy, you’re ok.

    I grew up “skinny” (a term I’m not fond of). I had lots of issues with it. I hated it. I’d hide my thin arms with big baggy jumpers (even in the middle of summer) and I was in my late teens before I started to feel comfy with my size.

    It’s a post I intend to do some time, because it’s quite complex, but the bottom line is that I came to accept my weight eventually (although still have things I worry about – whether my arms look too thin in some tops etc), and now that I’ve had 3 kids and I carry extra weight, mostly around my tummy and hips, I’ve had to adjust to that as well. I couldn’t honestly say that I like how I am now (I really do need to exercise, but just don’t get to it because I’m so busy), but I’d never want to be “skinny” like I was when I was a teenager. No way.

    Great post Ami. x

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