I've had a revelation today, sort of. I saw a post from a friend on Facebook today that said, "You are not fat, you have fat. You also have fingernails, but you are not fingernails." Now, that may seem a little harsh at first... but I thought about it a little more.
Now, I don't know who's reading this, you might be the skinniest person in the world and have like 0% body fat... but me, I'm just not that person. I've got some fat on me, I'm a little bigger than most girls, and if I'm being honest, I'm not always comfortable with that. I'm guilty of using the term "I'm fat." I don't always love the way I look in the mirror, but at the same time... does anyone love how they look ALL the time? Also, that doesn't mean I'm not beautiful. We're all beautiful, each and every one of us. If you're reading this... please know that... you are beautiful.
Fat. That word has come to be so harsh, our culture has turned it into an adjective and twisted it to be a negative and demeaning term. Fat is defined as "A NATURAL oily or greasy substance occurring in the body; especially when deposited as a layer under the skin or around certain organs." SUBSTANCE. Fat is a substance. Let me say this... (speaking to myself here too)... you may HAVE fat, but you ARE NOT fat. Fat is a substance, a physical characteristic, that may be on your body, but fat DOES NOT DEFINE YOU. Fat is not what or who you are. Like the fingernail analogy, you have fingernails, but you don't use fingernails to define you. You have hair, teeth, bones, and a mouth... but you don't say "man, I'm so teeth."
So why do we let the substance of fat define who we are?
You ARE NOT fat.
You ARE beautiful.
You ARE loved.
You ARE treasured.
So, from this point forward, I'm done letting the term "fat" be a definition of who I am. Fat is just a substance that is on my body, but it is not who or what I am.
Be encouraged, you beautiful person you :)