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one of those AH HA! moments

Over the course of my life I’ve responded to the plethora of diet and weight-loss commercials that bombard you from television and radio in various ways…  some of them consciously and some of them subconsciously.  In the years since I set my feet firmly on the “I love my body the way it is!” path, my responses or reactions have been consistently much more in the consciously category.

I definitely went through a period where those commercials just made me mad.  I found it disgusting that with bright shiny famous spokes persons and quippy well thought out lines, the world was being fed bullshit.  Less than half-truths about how a product would work, or how you just couldn’t live with out it… about how the way you, Mr. or Ms. J. Q. Public couldn’t possibly be pretty, smart, desirable, active or happy until you got skinny.  I had read and understood enough science to understand that statistically AT BEST there was a 5% chance for success - and that even without losing a single ounce, I already was pretty, smart, desirable, active and happy and that those things had nothing to do with the shape and size of my body.  I would hear one of these commercials start up and I’d get pissed and change the channel, or grumble to whomever was unfortunate enough to be in the room with me about how this was “complete bullshit”.  Often it would mess up my mood for a little while.

This morning on my way to work, one of those commercials came on the radio.  The conversation I had out loud, alone in my car, went something like this:

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Radio: It’s almost bikini season!  Do you have extra padding in all the wrong places?

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Me: Wow, time flies… Nope.  I’ve got padding in all the RIGHT places. <Grin>

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Radio: You’ve got to get ready to look great on the beach, it’s time to lose that weight!

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Me: I don’t need to lose weight to look great on the beach, what the hell are you talking about? <snort, chuckle>

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Radio: Call right now, get started on the right path towards losing all that unsightly fat!  Remember, your first order ships for only $29.99!

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Me: OH for $29.99 I could totally get that really cute short skirt I saw yesterday.

…and then the great music came back on and I found myself humming happily and thinking about how adorable I was going to look in that short skirt.

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I think happy is a much better place.

and damn I’m gonna rock that skirt.

 
  1. screamingdolai reblogged this from worldbym and added:
    This woman makes me joyously happy.
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