Monday was the start of Fat Talk Free Week—an event created by Delta Delta Delta to help fight bad body image in girls and young women by addressing first the things we say to ourselves, and to our friends and family. It’s been around for six years, but it’s finally getting the press it deserves from the folks at Time magazine, Glamour.com, and of course the lovely Leslie Goldman from Never Say Diet at iVillage. (Good job, TriDelta ladies)
Banning fat talk isn’t just about resisting the urge to nitpick at our own bodies, it’s also about keeping body and beauty commentary on other people out of our conversations, too. And, if you ask me, it’s about replacing the old, negative scripts that run in our heads with new, helpful, positive, and healing ones. So that’s what I’m going to ask each of you to do today: Replace one negative comment or thought that you tend you have about your body or beauty with a positive or healing one.
I’ll go first: Instead of thinking that I wish my body looked as youthful as it did when it was 19, I will thank the Universe for allowing me to grow and live and change. The “aging” changes in my outer skin, face, and body are simply evidence of the growth and expansion these years have brought to my heart and mind. I love the person I am today—and it’s time, and this body, that got me here!