Yesterday, all through my tweet stream, I kept seeing all of these favorite bloggers of mine “exposed.” What the heck was this all about? What I saw was AMAZING.
They were all posting in response to the anniversary of the Exposed Movement, the brainchild of Mishe, who wanted to celebrate her body instead of tear it apart as we so often do.
A couple of days ago, I hated myself and my body. Sometimes, this journey of going from 455 pounds and unhealthy to somewhere at least 250 pounds lighter and fit is just too long to see the end of. All day at work, I noticed my muffin top, the big pores on my face, my legs feeling heavy. All because the scale showed me a number I didn't like.
So looking at all these other amazing bloggers exposing themselves just made me proud. Proud to be in this community of wonderful people who support each other. Proud to be able to embrace my body as it is now, and not look at it as repulsive. I've had pictures up on my Progress page for a while now, but this new picture is all about celebrating the body I have right now, at this moment. (Click “still hungry?” to see the full post if you're viewing from the home page)
Today, I celebrate my body. This body serves me well every day and I must serve it well in return. It helped me be mobile, even at my highest weight of 455 pounds. It helped me get through one 5K, then another impromptu 5K. It gets stronger every day, and has not given up despite a short life of having gained and lost 50+ pounds at a time. It lets me shake my money maker when a good song comes on, and has just been an overall trooper.
So I celebrate my body, as it is now, and for what it will become.