Here’s the skinny on the adjective SKINNY….and this actually isn’t to anyone in particular, more of a memo to all womenkind out there in our crazy beautiful universe, because after the 239487th time of hearing the term “sooo skinny” used among conversation, I needed to go on a mini vent sesh…
I see a 27 year old who’s sunken-in eyes are from pulling an all-nighter comforting a teething 14-month old, not from malnutrition. I see tiny, yet strong arms, who are all muscle from picking up a 25-pound barnacle all day long, every day. I hear “don’t you eat?!” while, in fact, I LOVE cooking AND eating & showcasing that here on my blog. Food, I love you & appreciate you! I see a height of 5’5″ & a weight that matches that frame. I see womanly curves, strong arms & legs. I see shoulder muscles I never even knew existed until the last few months from TIU, bootcamp, and Tanner. I see the body I’ve always known, but leaner. Stronger. More fit. I see an athlete. I see legs that carry me to reach new mile victories, one step, one day at a time. Behind the “oh my gosh you’re too tiny!” Implying I need a cheeseburger, lies a rock-hard stomach full of abs because I care about what goes into my body. I see your cheeseburger and raise you my turkey burger. Hold your fries, I’ll have my sweet potato. Oh wait, I have cheat meals too, but as a once-and-a-while treat. Not because I’m on a “diet”, because I don’t want to clog my arteries full of junk on a regular basis.
I see a body that TIU has given me – I see a body I have worked for – a body that I am proud of. I see a body that is FIT. Healthy. So, SKINNY….I see you and your definition – “very thin or too thin” & people who compare you to me…..I’m not you.
I may not be able to lift heavy weights, but I am strong. I don’t want to be a size zero. I don’t want to be a body builder. I just want to be ME. The best version of myself I can be, on a journey without judgement, criticism, or the notion that we’re supposed to look a certain way.
The next time you judge someone’s body – stop. You don’t know their journey – their goals – their plan. We’re ALL beautiful, and that comes from within. Thin – Thick – we’re women & we should EMPOWER one another, not judge. Imagine if using “skinny” derogatorily was used the other way around?
You need a cheeseburger. You need to put down the cheeseburgers. You look too thin. You look too fat. Do you eat? Clearly you eat too much...see what I mean?
Don’t try to tear other people down because they don’t fit your definition of beauty – of skinny – of strong – of overweight – of womanhood. 💗💗💗
Thank you, TIU community, for always loving ME and my “skinny strong” bod.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for saying what I have wanted to shout at people on so many occasions! I am not sure when it became ok to say such insensitive things to someone because it’s about being thin. It’s not ok. Bodies are different. Bodies are beautiful. You are rocking yours like a boss. Go eat a delicious turkey burger with avocado…because that sounds awesome right about now:).
This post resonates with me so much!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing what I want to shout at people. I’m not sure when it became ok to say insensitive things to someone because it’s about being think. It’s not ok. Bodies are different. Bodies are beautiful. You are rocking yours like a boss. 🙂