Yesterday, I wrote about one of the freeing aspects about abandoning dieting and the scale for three years, now I am going to write about the biggest negative.
I have never been comfortable with the school of thought that teaches us to love ourselves as we are, something inside me always rebelled at accepting myself when I was overweight. It felt like I was giving up, which is why I resisted it for so long. I knew it was not okay to accept and affirm a part of me that was disconnected and dysfunctional.
That is very counter-cultural in today's society but the truth is, we can do better and accepting ourselves as failures is just plain stupid. I don't care how loud you shout it from the rooftops, the truth is we have to come to a true knowledge of ourselves and we should not settle for less than the best we can be when it is in our power to change it.
Just as it goes against the Holy Spirit inside of you to accept sin in your life or your body, no matter what the world tells you, our conscience will not let us glorify sin. Let's use swearing as an example. I have a terrible habit of swearing, I always have. It is ridiculous sin in my life, it's been part of me forever. I can accept that I have a tendency to do it but I should never love myself and praise myself for having a filthy mouth! I should strive to change, I should do better.
By accepting something, or glorifying it, we give up changing it. Even if we never lose another inch or another pound to give up abandons a lifestyle that is far healthier than one of fat acceptance. Neither is really about appearance, fat love or fat hate, it's about choices and health and showing up in your own life and trying. We hear a lot about self-love these days - I think it's okay not to love the things about yourself that aren't great.
Trust me, I've spent the last three years try to accept that I was just a short little middle age fat woman and that was all I was ever going to be. It never worked. I got good at living in denial. I became profoundly disconnected with my body. I really did not love the image in the mirror. I think we do ourselves a disservice when we settle.
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