For too many days I’ve struggled to love my body.

I am full figured. Bigger, not smaller. On a good day, I might say curvier. For most of my life, I’ve been unhappy with my weight and because of that, unhappy with my body.  My self-esteem has been tied to my size. When I was young, I was bigger than most of the other girls, and I learned early on that bigger wasn’t better. Bigger was uncomfortable and embarrassing.

Sometimes I still feel that way and my inner critic can be so loud it hurts my ears.

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my body for as long as I can remember. As the chubby girl, I’ve lost (and gained and lost) hundreds of pounds over the years, battling a steady discontentment with my body.  Not anymore.

Lucky for me, Taryn Brumfitt is taking the world by storm! She is a large, full figured, gorgeous woman… and a bright, shining example of the power of contentment through self-acceptance.

Taryn is recognized around the world as a positive body image activist, along with being a writer, speaker and founder of The Body Image Movement. She loathed her body until one day she realized she couldn’t teach her three children “the fundamental human right of accepting and loving one’s body if she was uncomfortable in her very own.

So, Taryn made Embrace – a social impact documentary exploring the issue of body image.  She’s on a quest to end the global body-hating epidemic and I have decided to join her.

(In fact, as I write this I am seriously considering submitting an application to become a BIM Global Ambassador. Watch the trailer for Embrace here and you’ll see why!)

Now that I am 53 years old (I just celebrated my birthday last week) it’s high time to knock off the self-loathing and accept and finally love myself. As. I. Am.

…because my weight doesn’t define me.

…because discontentment is an unrealistic body image.

…because I have more important things to do with my life.

…because I matter.

…because now is the time for change.

Thank you Taryn.  I choose to embrace my body, as it is, and in doing so I choose contentment and an extraordinary everyday.

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