*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Special K® . However all opinions and statements are my own.
Do you put yourself down? Do you bully yourself in your thoughts about your body? Would you say to someone else what you say to yourself?
I have done a lot of thinking about this over the last few days and realized that I am guilty of “fat-talk” more often than I thought. It was an eye opener and actually made me really sad.
There are a few moments in my life that I can look back on and remember with clarity the exact thoughts and feelings I had as if it were yesterday…
One of those times, a member of my family made an innocent comment about me having sturdy legs. We grew up backpacking, and so the comment was well intentioned and actually meant as a compliment. But, I was a young teenager and like most girls that age, I was dealing with normal body insecurities. In my teenage head, I understood that to mean that I had “fat” legs. Isn’t that so sad?
At the time, I was not old enough or mature enough to understand that there is a big difference between muscular, athletic legs and being overweight. I was a normal and healthy teenage girl with an athletic build. I should have been embracing it and not feeling self conscious about it. Sadly, for years…and well into adulthood I felt self conscious about my “fat legs”.
Me in 8th grade Spanish class
I have been and will always have a curvy, athletic build. My 5’ 9 inch frame is never going to be petite. I am never going to have stick straight legs….ever…no matter how many carrots I eat. I am just not built that way.
Even now, an adult woman, I still sometimes find myself involved in “fat-talk” within my own head and when talking with other women. Sometimes I joke about it, especially with my recent food allergies and the toll it has taken on my physical body.
I realize just how self-deprecating and damaging this “fat-talk” is and the negative impacts it can have on our overall health and self esteem. And as the mother of three young impressionable girls, I realize how vital it is to not pass this down to them. I don’t want them to feel uncomfortable in their own skin. I want them to be proud of their uniqueness and to embrace who they are. And I need to be the one who sets the example.
So I am saying SHHHH! to the “fat talk.”
If I have learned one thing this year with my food allergies, it would be that being healthy is and feeling good is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. If we are feeling down about ourselves due to our own bully talking…how can we help to uplift our children and others?
I am currently 40 years old, which means that for one quarter of my life, my body has been growing and nourishing another precious human life. If you are counting, that is approximately 8.9 years, 3,175 days, or 86,200 hours, 5,172,000 minutes that my amazing physical body has been working to sustain life.
I WILL wear this body with pride. It has given me 5 amazing blessings.
Birth of my 5th Baby
This curvy, athletic body has carried me through the highs and lows that comes with living, carried me on some beautiful hiking trips with my family, allows me to enjoy a day on the slopes with my family, endured a couple of half-marathons and the hours of training that entails, and it allows me to enjoy my everyday life moments.
I hope you will join me in supporting Special K® in their fight against “fat talk.” Special K® has shown that positivity is important to weight management success and have found that 93 percent of women Fat Talk. Fat Talk is contagious – and it’s weighing women down.
As a partner to women along their weight management journey, Special K offers many delicious, guilt-free products, including snack and breakfast options that provide protein and fiber. Women can also visit www.FightFatTalk.com to help SHHHHut down Fat Talk (#FightFatTalk).
I LOVE how Special K® is focused on living a healthy life. I believe that they are creating products that help us achieve the healthy goals we set for ourselves. Will you join us by saying SHHHHH! to the “fat-talk”? We need to shut it down!
For more information about the challenge you can visit Special K®.