My friend Jane used to say that and I just loved it. I would repeat it even if I didn’t believe it. I am now healthy and strong enough to say it with conviction.
That wasn’t always the case. I was uncomfortable in my skin, self-conscious, and easily embarrassed, although I hid it pretty well. If you didn’t know that my fat was my armor, you would never have suspected.
I was talking about this blog to friends the other day and realized that I sounded a little like, well, a zealot and that some might find that offensive. I often feel like a zealot, truthfully. I have rediscovered how great it feels to give my body the nutrition it needs to perform well. I’m excited about that and I believe that everyone should be eating nutritious foods to improve their health and well-being. I do not believe that everyone should diet to fit an imposed and distorted definition of beauty. If you are overweight, healthy and feel comfortable in your own skin, I applaud you! If you are not….
Yesterday, a friend posted a meme on Facebook that said that there are worse things than being fat. I believe that completely. It is far worse to be dishonest, mean, cruel, and a host of other things. (I looked for the meme and couldn’t find it again. If you posted it, send it to me!) What I found instead is this video shared by my friend Allison. (Thanks, All-is-on!)
If your fat is your armor, they were wrong.