Our lives are hard enough, honestly. Feeling bad about my body isn’t another stressful thing I’d like to add to my list. Especially around the holidays, when family and friends are visiting, it sure would be nice to fit into that smaller size of jeans. So many of us focus on skinny, instead of healthy. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes and what it healthy for one, might be sickly for another. Not to mention it is just as important, if not more, to pay attention to what is going IN to our bodies, as it is to pay attention to what we look like aesthetically.
I have struggled with my weight for years. I have shrugged off inconsiderate comments from friends, I have tried to laugh off harsh words from family members, and I have stood strong even when insulted by absolute strangers. The culture of shaming a woman because of her body can be strong, and it takes a strong woman to be able to hold back the tears and trudge through the rest of her life. I have had moderate successes with weight loss programs, and have seen a change, but when we live in a society that is so obsessed with our bodies, it makes it hard to even enjoy the changes I’ve made without finding another flaw. I have even participated in it myself, while watching award shows and judging how each movie star fits into their dress. I have made the mistake of dehumanizing them in the same way that others have done to me and I know how much it hurts. It’s negative behavior, doesn’t help me or anyone else, and certainly isn’t a positive way to jump start my weight loss commitments for this year. I’m over it, and tocelebrate the new me that is coming, my attitude could lose the most fat. I no longer want any part of “fat talk”. I don’t care who you think is or isn’t, and I most certainly am tired of jumping the gun and shaming myself. I want to be healthy, not sick. I want my attitude to take center stage and allow me to be comfortable in who I am.
“Fat talk” is another way to describe the negative way women talk about themselves and each other. It doesn’t matter if it’s us talking about a picture, an actress, our friends or ourselves. Words can be extremely powerful, so it’s important to resolve to make them more positive. Not only is “fat talk” counterproductive to our minds, but also our bodies and our goals. It’s been proven that positivity is the key in keeping and making those healthy weight management goals, so negative thoughts and words aren’t helping anyone! Special K conducted a recent survey that uncovered 62% of women feel compelled to engage in Fat Talk about themselves when they hear other women doing so – and 63% said they don’t try to stop or change the conversation. It’s high time we #fightfattalk
So, as women make those New Year’s resolutions to get back on track this season, Special K has teamed up with supermodel Tyra Banks to help liberate and empower other women to take a positive approach toward healthy weight management. As you work towards your positive weight loss goals, Special K is helping empower women to fight “fat talk” (www.FightFatTalk.com) along with offering many delicious, guilt-free products, including snack foods and breakfast choices that provide protein and fiber.
To help women reach their weight management goals, this New Year, Special K offers a variety of delicious food options and is inviting them to participate in the Special K Challenge, an easy, productive way that works for women to jump-start their weight-management plans for the New Year. For more information about the Special K Challenge, visit www.SpecialK.com and do your part to help #FightFatTalk!!
This post is sponsored by #FightFatTalk and Burst Media. All opinions are my own!