It’s January – weight loss season. Everywhere you look there are adverts for weight loss regimes or yogurts that help you to poo more efficiently.
I have been swimming once a week since last June in an attempt to get a bit fitter and I was mega chuffed with my progress. I have to confess that I haven’t lost any weight but my weight has not increased.
With all this talk of weight loss I thought I should check out my body mass index. What a mistake! The words OVERWEIGHT shot out of the screen and to be honest stripped me of my confidence. Having two kids, little self control (I’m going to blame tiredness), limited time to exercise, and lets be honest having very little time to myself has lead to excess weight that I would prefer not to have.
I know that God loves me for being me, no matter how much I weigh or even my percentage of body fat. I believe he created me and knows me better than anyone – the classic and constantly quote Pslam 139 tells me this but I still struggle.
I have struggled with my body image on and off for as long as I can remember. I guess most people have at some point in their lives. When I was younger I volunteered as a youth worker and met an inspirational group of people who ran a Christian Theatre Company called Dependance. One of the guys, Stephen Riley wrote this song: Amazed. Please take a listen, it really resonated with me (and still does).
I hope you feel beautiful, precious and valued, because we are.