When I was overweight, I knew I needed to lose "a few pounds". But, I didn't think I was overweight per se. I thought I was average. Mind you, the fact that I couldn't put on an XL leather jacket didn't seem to concern me either. Well, when I decided I needed to lose and started losing, little did I know that I was really morbidly obese. My BMI was 34-35.
As I lost weight, I did become more aware of my body. I also became more critical. It's taken a long time, but instead of beating myself up because I don't look a certain way, I've learned to appreciate what my body CAN do and not worry about how it looks. I'll never be perfect and I'm okay with that.
There is a misconception that when a person loses weight, they'll be happy. That is a serious misconception. If you're not happy with yourself now, you won't be happy once you've lost the weight. Thin women hate their bodies just as much as overweight women do.
That's why it's important to learn to love your body "warts and all". We're all flawed and that's okay too. That's what makes us human. Most of us don't look like the women in the magazines,but that's what we think we should look like.