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Profound. I have been unhappy with my body for 98% of my 46 years on Earth. Thankfully…I have many photos documenting my jelly belly, chipmunk cheeks and fat neck. I shared this blog post on my Facebook page. As a jr/sr high school teacher, I see so much negativity on my students’ part about their bodies and others. Why can’t chubby be in? I think you (and your family) are gorgeous. Your soul shines through…even in the photo. Guess you just have too much awesome to be contained in a “skinny” body!!! oxoxo
Such a beautiful post. I am constantly talking about things I’ll do when I lose weight. A great inspiration to start living now!
Wow, you are amazing for putting in to words what I’ve been feeling for years but didn’t quite know what I was feeling or how to describe it! Thank you!! This will help me keep the bad thoughts out by remembering this blog and how when people see a pic of me they won’t be thinking of all the negative things I am… so I need to seize the day, moment, etc and start living my life again w/o being on the backside of the camera! (hugs to you)
Thank you — what a timely message. Funny how the messages you need to hear, are placed in your path. I had a goal to lose a certain amount of weight before my daughter’s wedding. With 3 months to go, I’m still 40 lbs. away and was feeling discouraged. You helped me remember it’s more important to BE there and in the pictures than worry “will I look fat”. Family loves you for who you are, not how much you weigh. Thank you!
Wow, your words brought tears as I read. You must have been in my head. I wish your words could change my behaviour and who I am but I am the girl you wrote about in your first paragraphs. Thank you for sharing and I am so happy for you, that you get to be different (the new you). You are so beautiful inside and out and I know your words are right and true. I love your beautiful smile and that photo. I believe it is what your Mum sees and your father and brother and I see the beauty you are talking about. I just can’t see that in my own photos. I wish I could stop hiding. Thanks again for sharing. I love the way you write.
This is SO true. What’s funny is that somehow we think that if WE never see a photo of us looking heavy, no one else will ever know we carry extra weight. News flash: Everybody else in the world already knows what we look like. And they love us anyway.
Thanks…I just lost 30 lbs and still have 50 to go…NO PICTURES…we just got to the beach..maybe I’ll let them take my picture..not in my swimisuit of course..I did talk myself into getting a swimsuit..I love this article!
Thank you. I take pictures of my kids but didn’t realize they will one day want pics WITH me.
I can’t even begin to tell you how this blog touched me. It found a nerve so deep I never knew it was there. You are so right! The first thing I noticed about this picture was all of the smiles and how genuinely happy you look. I just can’t stop crying and I’m changing my profile picture immediately! Thank you.
Saw this on Facebook and had to reply. I do not know any of you…soooooo….which one is the “fat one”? All I see is beautiful people with amazingly happy smiles. Life is wonderful and you all show it. Enjoy it to the fullest.
On another side of that coin…..please, please, please, identify photos on the back with name, date, and place. Easy to do with digital but how many of us have boxes of old photos without any notes on them. I inherited many from my grandparents and have been trying to show them to as many relatives as possible so I can identify these people who will soon be lost to posterity.
Excellent post and one I take to heart!
A big big wake up call.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
Thank you for this blog. It is spot on. I shared it with my friends on FB and spoke about it openly at lunch with my coworkers. I tell myself all of those horrible things (and then some) every day of my life. Thank you for capturing it so perfectly. We are clearly harder on ourselves than we are on others.
Gorgeous piece of writing.
This hit home with me. I have spent my whole life avoiding having my picture taken. And when it was, hated seeing it. I am very self critical and not just about my weight. Thank you for sharing. I need to examine my fear of “being seen”.
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