Thursday, September 1, 2011

God doesn't think you're fat.

I've been spending excessive amounts of time on Pinterest, because Lord knows I don't have anything else to do. And I'm über inspired, primarily about food. But you know, other stuff, like making globes out of Playdoh or house decorating ideas, etc. It's pretty much the best site ever. EXCEPT: these crazy posts with half-dead women, labeled: thinspiration. Seriously? Quotes like,  "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels?" Bull. Lots of things taste better than skinny. I'm not anti-fitness. (well, I am, today, because I have to make these chocolate Pringles, but in general, no) I am, however, anti-fat-bashing and I am also anti-eating disorder.

I was a skinny kid. You never would have known it, because I spent my childhood in a plaid uniform. Those uniforms pretty much made us all look like postpartum 12 year olds. It was, in retrospect, probably an excellent form of birth control for a Christian school.

But I digress. The point is, I was always a twiggy little pointy-chinned kid. It wasn't until I had 1,453 children that I was granted hips and squishy places. And even now, I look thin(ish). I'd like to lose 5 pounds, but not bad enough to lay off the sweets. So I don't know the battle against obesity. I don't know what it's like to be heavy and to hate it and not be able to lose it. But I do know this. Plenty of "heavy" people are gorgeous. They don't even look right when they get skinny, because God made them curvy, and the starving and the mental anguish they go through to look like an American standard of beauty is just crap.

You are beautiful. Every one of us is beautiful. You want to change something, for yourself, fine. You want to change something for your health, great.  You want to change something because a spreadsheet in a marketing office somewhere says you're not okay, bull. It's a sales thing. Overweight is a dumb government standard. Be who you are, love who you are. It'll all change the next sales season, anyway. I'm waiting for the vintage look to come back around, with hips and thighs. You know, WOMEN.

If you're super-skinny, I'm not dogging on you, either. You are beautiful, too. That's my whole point. We come in assorted sizes. On purpose.

You're hot stuff. The Bible says so.

Psalm 139 13-18. What do you think God's thoughts are, about your body?

13 For you created my inmost being; 

   you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
   your works are wonderful, 
   I know that full well. 
15 My frame was not hidden from you 
   when I was made in the secret place, 
   when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; 
   all the days ordained for me were written in your book 
   before one of them came to be. 
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God! 
   How vast is the sum of them! 
18 Were I to count them, 
   they would outnumber the grains of sand— 
   when I awake, I am still with you.


  1. Love it! Thanks. Actress Sara Rue was a beautiful, gorgeous "plus" sized actress (maybe a size 12, which is average). She lost weight and now looks like a strange little stick bug. Not pretty.

    I'm big. I like having a little junk in the trunk and love handles. Now, I am too heavy. I would like to lose some weight because now I have no energy. I don't care what the scale says.

  2. Go get em Jess. I think you are absolutely on target. I am on weight watchers and you struck a chord today. I feel I need a hot fudge sundae with extra hot fudge and whipped cream. Not the weak excuse for whipped cream but something only COWS can produce And a cherry on top, some pecans DO NOT PUT PEANUTS on my sundae. This I need to consume with great gusto and a big smile on my face knowing I will be greatly loved. Then I need a whopper to finish it off...well anyway you get the picture...mama

  3. thank you so much for this post. it really encouraged me! :)

  4. Right on target, as usual :-)
    I mean, "Nothing taste better than skinny" Seriously?! I've got some dutch chocolate ice cream in my freezer that can prove that wrong. Oh, and those onion rings I had the other night? Those were GOOD. So yeah, I'm no size zero, or six for that matter, but you'll notice MY pinterest page has food.

  5. I gotta say, I'm thankful to have a husband who is repulsed by skinnyness. When we were dating (and I was 20 pounds thinner) he was always shoving food down me. "You need to eat more! Don't be skinny." Now that we've been married a year, and both put on our fair share of weight, sometimes I feel downright bummed about chub chub. Hubs is super supportive with stuff like, "You don't need to lose weight, you just need to get more in shape so you can like go on a hike without getting winded in 5 minutes." Thanks hon. Fitness sarcasm aside, it does feel pretty good to hear him say "EEwwwww!" when some anorexic model is on tv.

  6. My postpartum childbearing hips and love handles scream Amen to this post!

  7. I just LOVED this post! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! :-)


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