Kate Winslet said something that I read off a blog a while back that absolutely stunned me:
"As a child, I never heard one woman say to me, 'I love my body'. Not my mother, my elder sister, my best friend. No one woman has ever said, 'I am so proud of my body'. So I make sure to say it to Mia, because a positive physical outlook has to start at an early age."
As Big Girls and Boys, it's easy to hate our bodies because they aren't what we want them to be - what society wants them to be. I am obese according to my BMI. I have rolls of fat in places I don't like. I sometimes have a double chin. My arms are wobbly. These are all parts I would like to go away - which is why I am on this weight loss journey.
But I am learning to love my body. This is the one I have been entrusted with, and I want to use it to the best of my ability. I want to be able to enjoy life - spending time with my sister, playing with my cat, talking with friends, reading books, strolling in parks. I want to live my life to the fullest.
And there are many things about this body I don't have to pretend I like. I love my hair. I love my green eyes (they just pop when I wear an olive-y green!). I love my hands - as I lose weight, I see how slender my fingers are! I love my calves - they are slimming down to good combination (in my opinion) of muscular and smooth.
And there are parts of my body that I'm learning to or discovering how much I love. My face shape - what I would call "round" - gives me a youthful, fun appearance. My thighs, hips, and waist are all transforming into a shape that I am liking more and more. And my neck is looking quick long and elegant.
You don't have to be perfect to start loving your body. You don't have to be at ideal weight to love your body. But loving your body also doesn't mean (like my old self would have thought) living in a sedentary, unhealthy fast food lifestyle. I love my body enough to sacrifice eating cookies every day or a big piece of cake at lunch or several slices of pizza on the weekend. I love my body enough to want to keep it in good condition.
Kate Winslet: thank you. Thank you for telling us we don't have to be ashamed of our bodies. Thank you for the encouragement to love ourselves for what we are. And thank you for the reminder that we need to share this love proudly with others.