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Appropriately Sized Body

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I am REALLY such a visual learner, so when I saw this picture, it had a huge impact on me.

Is it any wonder that at a higher weight I was short of breath?

Is it any wonder that at a higher weight I was constipated?

Is it any wonder that at a higher weight my feet were numb? Think how much longer it takes to circulate blood all the way from my heart to my feet. How much longer to get it back to my heart. How poor the oxygenation is in the process.

Is it any wonder that it's difficult to palpate a breast mass at that higher weight?

Or that an abdominal mass could be missed on simple palpation?

Just think the stress I put on my bones when I'm at that higher weight. My dear feet and legs really endured a lot.

Imagine the stress on my arms as I pushed to raise myself up from a chair or bed.

Oh the lack of space and the pressure against those abdominal organs when I carried around that heavier weight.

Think about the stress on my skin ... that precious system that protects all of me from the outside world.

Imagine the pressure on my back from supporting all that girth.

When I look at these two pictures, I sincerely never want to eat the foods that support a 300 pound body ... not the unhealthy foods nor the quantities. I understand the risks that I've put my body through. I know how blessed I am that I recovered from the system failures that I had endured. I know that it was simply grace that I did not have long-term damage. I am grateful ... and will always give thanks that I worked out my answer before it was to late.

Regardless your size, I hope you give yourself the opportunity to know the full happiness of an appropriately sized body. YOU can do it! It's a journey sooooo worth taking!

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    It's amazing how our bodies can even endure all the abuse we put them through for as long as they do. What's even more incredible is that our bodies can forgive us and bounce back when we start treating them properly and with respect. Thank you for sharing Cathy. You have inspired me once again! emoticon
    1292 days ago
    Thank you so much. I needed this today.
    1294 days ago
  • SEAGLASS1215
    Thank you for this - I saw me on the right side and it's motivating me to change.
    1295 days ago
    I could not help hearing this song in my head as I read your blog, Cathy. I know you have your head on straight in this department but it just made me think of it.
    You are a beautiful, strong, and courageous woman who values herself enough to say what's true! I love that about you!

    Christian song
    By Nichole Nordeman

    Is it any wonder
    That she would feel less than real
    When she reveals what is clearer
    In her mirror

    Take a look around her
    Magazines, glamour queens
    Waist-line dreams in her diary
    So inspiring

    Nobody told her that little girls
    Don't have to have the softest curls for love

    So whatever's left inside her
    Is gonna smile wider, shine brighter
    Until she gets pulled under
    Is it any wonder?

    Is it any wonder
    That he's obsessed with what is best
    And nothing less... he's a hero
    With six zeros

    Take a look around him
    His wallet size and what he drives
    Will symbolise how he's made it
    How they'll grade it

    Nobody told him that little boys
    Don't have to have the fastest toys to win

    So whatever's left inside him
    Is gonna keep on tryin' to keep on buyin'
    Until he gets pulled under
    Is it any wonder?

    Will somebody tell her there's a love that can't be glamourized
    Tell him there's a hope that won't be downsized
    Someone tell them that the billboards lie
    All the time

    Cos whatever's left inside her
    Is gonna smile wider
    And whatever's left inside him
    Is gonna keep on tryin'
    Until they get pulled under
    Is it any wonder?
    1295 days ago
    Thanks for sharing I really did need to see that emoticon
    1295 days ago
    Visually stunning...and I don't mean like Star Wars! It's so easy to look only at our own eyes in the mirror instead of "the rest," and yet we know that concentrating on surface things is also devaluing what counts. Your blog put it all into perspective - it's what the "surface" does to the whole package. Wonderful thoughts, Cathy. Thank you.

    emoticon Gail
    1295 days ago
    I am a visual person also, this really hit home for me!
    1295 days ago
  • ASTRA58
    Wow, that really hit home. Thank you for this. What a difference. This shows me what the body is meant to support and how I have put such a strain on my body over the years that I've been fat!
    1296 days ago
    Amazing photos and words of wisdom...
    1296 days ago
    The pictures were a real eye opener!
    Awesome blog, Cathy!

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    1296 days ago
    Well done! I think that image will be in my head for a good long time, but the questions you ask will be forever there . Thank you
    1296 days ago
    This picture indeed is worth a thousand words. Thank you.
    1296 days ago
    What an eye opener!!! emoticon
    1296 days ago
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    1296 days ago
    wow. That was an astonishing graphic.
    1296 days ago
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