by Eileen Rivera
I give up. Yes, I said it, I give up trying to lose weight and tone up. Of course, last time I said that I went on to lose 36 pounds. Hmm, maybe I should say it louder. Last time I said it, I was 42 years old and losing weight was a little easier. It’s been ten years since then and my metabolism has turned to mush, so I’m just going to embrace the fact that my chichos are here to stay.
This doesn’t mean I’m giving up on exercising, after all, I have to stay in my clothing. It’s too expensive to buy a new wardrobe. It just means that I’m giving up on my dreams of being a size ten again. Sigh. I have such pretty clothing put away in vacuum-sealed bags; just waiting for the day when all this extra weight would fall off my body. It hasn’t and life goes on.
We all know the risks associated with added weight. Watching our weight and BMI has become a way of life in the ever fattening USA but when you get to the point where you admit you will never be model slim (notice I didn’t say skinny) what do you do? The answer is that you learn to love the skin you’re in, all sixteen square feet of it. Try to forget what stinky ex-boyfriends and insensitive ex-husbands have said about your size. There’s a reason they’re in your past. You could even ignore the little, puny girls, who have no butt to shake, as you sashay down the sidewalk. Having a double digit size is not the end of your life.
It takes a healthy dose of confidence and self-esteem to be thick in today’s society. Despite the fact that the average woman is a size fourteen, the ideal remains much smaller, with celebutards vying to be a size zero. Now don’t get me wrong, you will not catch me wearing a belly shirt or a skirt with a slit up to my you-know-what. Just because it comes in my size doesn’t mean I should wear it. That’s my age speaking as opposed to my size. The plain and simple truth is that confidence is just about the sexiest thing a woman could wear.
If you’re raising a daughter, teach them healthy eating habits and that exercise is a must, but never, ever tell them they’re fat. Don’t compare them to their slimmer cousins. Don’t tell them they’ll never get a boyfriend. If they’ve got curves, teach them how to compliment those curves. Teach by example. Thick is sexy too.
Copy Editor, Eileen Rivera.
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