Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

    CARRAND   96,016
80,000-99,999 SparkPoints

Everything Round is Good

Monday, February 21, 2011

I never hated my body, even when I weighed 70 pounds more than I weigh now. I was disappointed that my body was breaking down, health-wise, with the high blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure. I was bummed out when walking up a flight of stairs left me winded. But I never hated myself for being that way. My body was still capable of some wonderful things and I appreciated it. Oddly enough, I think that self appreciation actually helped me in my weight loss. Once I made up my mind to be healthier and look better, I knew I was worth it, I knew I was capable. I loved myself enough to make the effort.

Today I'm sharing a poem by Jane Yolen .

Fat Is Not a Fairy Tale

I am thinking of a fairy tale,
Cinder Elephant,
Sleeping Tubby,
Snow Weight,
where the princess is not
anorexic, wasp-waisted,
flinging herself down the stairs.

I am thinking of a fairy tale,
Hansel and Great,
Bounty and the Beast,
where the beauty
has a pillowed breast,
and fingers plump as sausage.

I am thinking of a fairy tale
that is not yet written,
for a teller not yet born,
for a listener not yet conceived,
for a world not yet won,
where everything round is good:
the sun, wheels, cookies, and the princess.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:


Report Inappropriate Comment
JCORYCMA 3/2/2011 11:15PM

    When I was over weight I never chastised myself because of my appearance, but because I felt like I should have better self control. Putting my health at risk by not shedding the weight was much like one putting their credit at risk by not paying their bills. Thanks for sharing the poem. You always find the best!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAROLINE1000 2/27/2011 11:42PM

    Fantastic. I do think we have to look at round and soft as being as nice and comforting as round soft things are. Great one!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALIBROM 2/27/2011 12:20AM

    Great blog. I really like the fact that you didn't hate your body. I guess I didn't really hate my body when I weighed over 200 lbs., since I could still do some cool things. But, I hated the way I felt. I felt inferior, ugly, self conscious, and lacked confidence. I do feel a lot better now. I don't know if I could ever feel my best being overweight. But I do agree with you that it really helps you to lose weight if you learn to accept yourself and your body and get rid of the self hatred. Like you say, "I loved myself enough to make the effort."

Report Inappropriate Comment
CANDOK1260 2/25/2011 4:39AM

    great poem hope you doing well my pal

Report Inappropriate Comment
ASPENHUGGER 2/25/2011 12:39AM

    Love it, of course. Jane Yolen is aweseome, isn't she, no matter what she writes!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHOSHANADP 2/24/2011 11:01PM

    I love the poem! I think shopping with you and Beth have taught me to love my body more and not be concerned about the number (the size...and sometimes the price) but more concerned about how it looks on me.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CANDOK1260 2/23/2011 6:54AM

    love the poem and the attuidue

Report Inappropriate Comment
TELLITFORWARD 2/23/2011 12:14AM

  We must stop hating ourselves for our shapes, features, etc. Some things we can change, but if we don't love ourselves as we are, we'll not love ourselves when we're thinner, healthier or anything else. We'll never measure up. I struggle with this.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CTEMPLE 2/22/2011 6:33PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDARUTH46 2/22/2011 12:50AM

    I really liked your poem, thanks for posting it. And thanks for commenting on my blogs, it makes me feel good that someone is reading.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NADJAZZ 2/21/2011 10:24PM

    Great poem, and so timely for me! I just started reading "The Self-Compassion Diet", by Jean Fain.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BRIDIE5 2/21/2011 3:59PM

  Great point..I think we first have to love ourselves in order to succeed in our efforts toward wt. loss, fitness and good health..when we love ourselves, we recognize we're worth it the effort required.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DAYHIKER 2/21/2011 2:45PM

    Cute poem. Our preacher has often teasingly said that if there are calories in heaven, mark him disappointed. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
METAMORPHOSIS36 2/21/2011 1:17PM

    I love the poem :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOYATLAST 2/21/2011 11:34AM

    I worked hard to love myself and the marvelous body God gave me. I can tell you it makes all the difference in the world!!

Love the poem!

Report Inappropriate Comment
COLEENCOLE 2/21/2011 10:55AM

    Cute poem!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PENNYAN45 2/21/2011 10:45AM

    I'm all for real people and real bodies.
Self-love is what it is all about.

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

Log in to post a comment.

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

Other Entries by CARRAND