Things I know to be true, but regularly forget:
1. My body, its size, my fat, does not define or dictate my happiness or self worth. My weight does not stand in my way of life.
2. Fat is not the worst thing you can be as a woman, despite the media telling you so every minute of every day.
3. Health is not the size of my jeans. Health is not how many calories I ate yesterday. Health is not the number on the scale.
4. Food is not a moral issue. There are no “good” or “bad” foods. Similarly, eating a cookie does not make you bad and choosing a salad instead of fries does not make you good.
5. Smile at your reflection. Take pride in your rolls, stretch marks, dimpled skin. It is your beautiful, lived-in skin. Also, sleep naked as often as possible.
6. I am enough at my current weight. I was enough at 243 pounds. I am not broken or in need of fixing.
7. Self love, body acceptance, does not just happen. It will not magically be something you are blessed with when you reach a certain goal. It takes work and effort. Visualize yourself happy. Visualize yourself at peace with food. Visualize a full, joyful life – fat or not.
9. Don’t waste energy with comparison or wishing for another reality. Settle in with what you’ve got.
10. Breathe in. Practice gratitude. Breathe out. Be thankful.