The question: “Oprah – What is it With Her?” Your answer is: “She’s fat, she’s thin, she’s fat, she’s thin – I mean, come on, pick a body and go with it!”
From a 1992 SNL skit featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Stand Up and Win
The skit could have been about me. I’ve yo-yo’d since I was 14, from a size 8 up to a size 20, and all sizes in between, back and forth, over and over, at least a dozen times. I’ve starved myself, exercised three times a day, vomited, taken drugs, and done every diet known to woman. And throughout it all, I’ve hated my body.
At 51, I’ve had enough.
It’s going to take a lot of effort to stop dieting–to stop yo-yoing. It’s going to take even more effort to love my body–myself–at whatever size I settle. But love (and peace) are what my quest is about.
Mary Lambert, in her Body Love video, says it beautifully.
And now, I’m going for a walk. Because the sun is beginning to set on this beautiful day.