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"We bet toothpicks looked like people. Be yourself, what is more beautiful than that?"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"We bet toothpicks looked like people. Be yourself, what is more beautiful than that?"

I saw this at the gym yesterday. I can't tell you how many times I've seen it before, but yesterday it struck a cord with me. (I tried to sneak a picture of it, but my attempt was thwarted, and I have to try again.)

When did it become a societal norm to become so down on ourselves based on a number on a scale or the number on the tag of our clothes?
Why is it so hard to embrace ourselves the way we are? Why is it so hard to look in a mirror and say to the person looking back "I love you, you are beautiful."?

Starting today, I vow to be kinder to myself and start the process of falling in love with me. Not the me I want to be, but the me I am now. I'm done trying to look like someone out of a magazine, but to look like Wendi. Because after all, if being Wendi isn't enough now, it won't be later.
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    I so agree with you in regards to body image. The funny thing is, beauty has always been in the eyes of the beholder. Just look at the paintings of old. Women were not skin and bones, they where very curvy .
    The truth is the number on a scale or a clothing label is not a good measure of a person. Sadly this is a projected thought that society likes to throw out and as for magazine pictures, don't forget they are air brushed and tweaked to get that finished look we see on the page.
    My goal has been to lose weight to get healthy. I am not focusing on a number on a scale, but what I am looking for is to learn how to eat better, to exercise more and to feel better in my latter years. I want my older years to be better than my younger days in regards to good health.
    May you grow to love yourself more and more every day. May you grow to see yourself through God's eyes and may you celebrate who you are with those you befriend and have contact with.
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    I hope you don't mind my saying this. I totally agree that we should all embrace our bodies and love our bodies just as they are.......as we seek to make the changes necessary to get them healthy. I LOVE Melissa McCarthy but she is dangerously overweight. She is beautiful and talented and my hope is that she's not "the fat girl we can laugh at", you know?

    Love, Ginger
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    Thank you all for the positive feedback :)

    It did start with Twiggy and snowballed from there with the new supermodel obsession.
    We need more "real" (for lack of better term) role models.
    Melissa McCarthy is fantastic! Tamela Mann, Cassi Davis, Liv Tyler...all amazing "real" (still lacking a better term) actresses/models.
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    Comment edited on: 11/20/2013 2:16:30 PM

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    Love that you posted this blog Wendi. We all need to see this and love ourselves NOW. You are right that if we don't love ourselves now what makes us think we will in the future.

    I challenge everyone who reads this blog to start tonight, if you don't already do so, to say "I love you the way you are right now" in the mirror 5 times tonight and I will do the same!
    1584 days ago
    I AGREE!!
    It began with Twiggie.

    Prior to that Mae West, who may have been an 18 or even larger)

    and Marilyn Monroe, size 14, were the feminine symbols of beauty!

    I grew up in the middle of the switch. emoticon

    I have been learning this lesson.

    It's the right thing to do.

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    Falling in love with me - beautiful statement
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    Good for you! You are beautiful Wendy! Give yourself a big hug! You are doing great and making the right decisions.

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