I have had a light bulb moment, after watching “Call The Midwife” tonight!
When I passed my full length mirror tonight I suddenly saw myself in a different perspective!
My tummy was its usual size; (round not flat). My bum was its usual size (always perceived it to be too big). My boobs still needed an uplift! But suddenly I felt good about my reflection. Perhaps it is all the hard work that I’ve put in over the last few years with self acceptance beginning to have its effects. Then I got to thinking.
My mind went back to a picture of the forties and fifties. The popular TV series “Call The Midwife” honed in on these decades. Were women a different shape then? Or was it a case that they were more accepting of the shape they were?
The average size of women then were around the size 14/16 mark and not the 6/8 as women expect to be nowadays.
Earlier in the day I was in a store, in the city and was browsing through the special Sale items of clothing. As usual most of the bargains were in a size 6, 8 or 10. So what does that say about sizing? To me it says that if the store is selling off its surplus stock then the ones that they have sold successfully are the bigger sizes. Which in turn leads me to believe that most women are still in a size 12, 14 or 16. Because funnily enough the other sizes that they seemed to have plenty of were 18 and over.
We are led to believe that the smaller sizes are the normal ones, and that is what we should be aiming for. What’s more I find that the majority are women aiming to get down to that size. Life is passing them by while they are in pursuit of trying to be smaller.
Most of these women become chronic dieters, Bulimics, Anorexics and can even develop compulsive behaviour disorders. They become obsessed with weighing themselves, exercising and starving. Worried constantly about what to eat or not to eat, almost hating parties, family occasions and eating out with friends.
When I saw the tiny clothes in the store, waiting for all these perfect women to come and buy them, and then looked in the mirror this evening and saw my size 14 body, I suddenly realised that I am just a normal sized woman.
I have reached a stage where I can enjoy my food without guilt or hang ups at long last. I can enjoy my Real Food, keep away from processed foods, keep my carbohydrate to a sensible limit and never have to diet again!
I would like you to know how it can be done.
Would you like to feel like that? Or does the thought fill you with horror?
Food for thought?
Love from the new me!