For those of you who know me in real life, you know that I’m on the slender side when it comes to weight and body type. Those of you who don’t know me, were probably able to guess that from my pictures. I have always been skinny, and tall. Well not really tall, only 5’7″, but too tall to be called petite. My size is totally genetic, my mother is petite and so is her mother. I have a pretty high metabolism for someone who sits on her butt all day.
I’ve always been this way. And when I was young, like middle/high school age, I got a lot of flack for it. Yep, I got picked on just as much, if not more so, than the fat kids. We learn at a young age to not make fun of fat people (at least not to their faces) but no one ever thinks about skinny people. I guess because everyone wants to be skinny.
But it wasn’t about being made fun of because I was thin, it was about being singled out as different than everyone else. No one wants to feel different, even if that which makes them different is a good thing. And that happens a lot; for instance, smart people get made fun of all the time. Kids are very good at noticing what makes other’s different from them selves.
But you know what, this kind of singling out, didn’t stop after high school. Nope, this stuff continued on into my adulthood. Hell, it happens now, and I’m 25. I’m still thin, even after having two kids. That doesn’t mean I have the perfect body, but I am smaller than most women my age. And while, now that I’m older, I can appreciate my body type, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to improve upon it. Especially after having a baby.
And yet, I have encountered a problem when talking with my peers. Whenever I mention working out or doing a diet, the response I get goes something like this: “You don’t need to workout/go on a diet! You’re already so thin! I wish I looked like you after having a baby! Yada Yada Yada!” And all I think is, “Yeah, well, you’re not me.”
And side note: I’m not trying to get back to my pre-pregnancy self, that’s impossible. When you have a baby, your hips get wider, there isn’t much you can do to change that. And this isn’t about what the scale says either, this is about toning all this fat on my hips and thighs into something useful. And just being healthier in general.
So my end point here is, just because I’m thin doesn’t mean I don’t have the same body image issues as everyone else. And just because I’m thin, doesn’t give anyone else the right to nag me about it by pointing it out all the time. I can’t help it, just like I can’t help that I have brown eyes. Pointing it out all the time just makes you look dumb. Thank You Captain Obvious.
This message was brought to you by An Irritated Kricket. No offense was meant, or singling out. If you think this applies to you in a negative light, it doesn’t, get over your self. 😉
Thanks for Reading! Happy Father’s Day!