Why I No Longer Consider Myself Fat

During a weight loss process, at what point do you stop considering yourself fat? Is there really any way to quantify that? At a certain body weight percentage, I am no longer fat. Or do you use the horribly inaccurate BMI scale? Where do you draw the line? Even if you could draw the line, if you are a pound heavier than the line, is that really justifiable to say, “I’m still a pound away, but I’m still fat.”?

This is what I’ve been thinking about the last couple of weeks. No matter where you are in your weight loss journey, you will still have fat. Hell, even healthy weighted people have fat. Unless you are severely underweight, you will have fat on your body. As a female, I will have fat in the form of breasts. Always (hopefully).

The negative connotation associated with being called or calling yourself “fat” should be eliminated from our society all together. There is no shame in having fat on our bodies. When it is in excess, then it poses several health risks and should be addressed immediately. But by calling yourself fat until you are at a certain weight, in my opinion, forces you to think of yourself in a negative light. The problem with this is where do you draw the line?

That is why I no longer consider myself to be fat. I have fat and will always have fat. But I am working to change the amount of fat I have.

With this in mind, I started to wear clothing styles that are deemed only appropriate for thinner women. Sure, I didn’t look the best in them, but it was liberating. On Memorial Day weekend my family and I went to a friend’s house for a cookout. I work a crop halter top and a skirt. My stomach showed. And guess what happened? NOTHING! No one gave a damn that a large woman had her stomach showing. And if someone had said something, then I just wouldn’t care about their opinion.

The moral of this story is this. Wear what you want. Don’t call yourself fat. Think of yourself in a positive light. Don’t allow yourself to hold you back from what you want to do.

You can do the thing.