Friday, August 15, 2008

Through thick or thin....

The main character in Dona Sarkar's new novel Shrink to Fit(OUT NOW!!!), Leah Mandeville, thinks her life would be perfect if she could just lose some weight. Who hasn't felt this way at one point in their life? I know I have.

Come on, admit it. You know you've fantasized about breezing down the hallway of your old school and dazzling your old crush. You would toss your hair back, shake what your mama gave you and leave him/her drooling. And while none of us fantasize about gaining weight and not feeling so great about ourselves any more, sometimes it just happens.

To make matters worse, people seem to be able to say anything they want to people who are overweight. It seems to be the only acceptable form of prejudice these days. As if overweight people don't have mirrors or something. And as anyone who has ever been on a diet can tell you, losing weight is one of the hardest things in the world to do.

I have known people that are a size 4 and have cholesterol in the 200's. I have also known people that are a size 14 that can run circles around the size 4. So even though people can easily judge you based on your size, they don't know what is inside you.

The most important thing is being healthy and feeling good about yourself. And that is going to shine through no matter what size you wear.

Do you have a certain pair of jeans, a sweater, or something else that just makes you feel good about yourself when you put it on? Do tell!




TinaFerraro said...

So true, Steph, about weight being the last acceptance form of prejudice! And how important it is to feel good about yourself.

I have a pair of black dress pants that give me that certain ZING that I almost always wear to author events. But what came to mind reading this was a multi-piece outfit my daughter received a couple years ago, which she eventually broke up and matched with other things, always looking great...

WannabeWriter said...

I have black jeans that make me feel awesome. I think it's something about the color black, but wearing it makes me feel better about myself. My parents think black is all depressing and morbid, but it actually makes me happy.


Unknown said...

When I was in high school, I had issues with my the point where I did the "not eating" thing my junior year (thank God my mom got hip to my game before it got serious). Truth is, I look back and think I wasn't THAT big (just not as small as others...but big butt and hips run in the family). I'm lovin myself, now.

I have about 3 pairs of jeans and a dress that I LOVE wearing cause it shows my curves. Dona, can't wait to read your latest. I just got How To Salsa (along with Tera's) so I'm excited.