Plus Size Is What I Am

October 8, 2011

Garden, ZArchive (Old Blog)

It’s not a big secret that I’m plus size and have been for years and years.  I exercise regularly, watch my diet, and am generally in good health.  I can’t seem to lose weight, but I can be healthy.

Years ago, a co-worker was struggling with her weight.  She made a memorable comment to me one time about how she wished she could be happy the way she looked and she envied that I was okay with my weight.  She meant it as a compliment, not a slam.  My response to her then is the same as it is now.

I wish I were thinner.  I would like to be thinner.  But I’m not going to wait on my life to lose weight.  My happiness does not depend on my weight.  My weight defines my physical appearance, but it doesn’t define the kind of life I want to have.  I don’t run, I can’t do all the yoga exercises that I see, and I hate stuffing myself into tiny airplane seats.  But I walk and hike regularly, I do quite a lot of yoga despite my weight, and I traveled regularly until flying got so nasty.  I might not be able to do everything I want, but I can usually figure out a way to do something that satisfies my need.

So enjoy your life!  Stop waiting for whatever to happen.  Tomorrow might be too late.  If you wait for everything to be perfect, you’ll never enjoy yourself.

Here’s my big plus-size-me showing off my plus-size summer squash two years ago.

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8 Comments on “Plus Size Is What I Am”

  1. kittyhere Says:

    I am with you on being plus-size but doing my best to be healthy and happy. Someone reminded me this week that “thin does not equal healthy”. No one needs to remind me that thin does not equal happy always either.

  2. Christine Grote Says:

    Good for you. Our society is not as understanding as it could be for all kinds of physical shapes and sizes. I’m bigger than I would like to be now, but instead of thinking about it aesthetically, i’ve started thinking about how my knees might not hurt so bad if I lost a few, or fifty, pounds.

    Good post about an important topic.

    • dogear6 Says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It really bothered my co-worker that she’d gained weight and was very envious that I could be at peace about my body.

  3. hugmamma Says:

    when you care more about others than yourself…your appearance isn’t part of the equation…

    you, my friend…care a lot…about others… ;)

  4. Ro @ Eat Live Move Says:

    Thank you for reminding me of my beauty and body right at this moment. Just like you, I want to be thinner. However, I must be present and content where I am at this moment. Besides, my life is really good right now!

    • dogear6 Says:

      You’re welcome! And I totally agree – life is still good and we can be content regardless of our body size. Unfortunately, that one has to get pushed back in people’s faces at times to back off and leave us alone.

      BTW – you left this comment on my re-purposed blog. has all that content now.

      Thanks for stopping by!


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