Will Being Skinny Solve All My Problems?
It’s June, and summer is around the corner. If you’ve been worrying about putting on bathing suits, shorts, sun dresses or the other, smaller pieces of clothing that make an Ohio summer bearable, this article by CeCe Olisa might resonate with you. Being skinny won’t make it easier to get out the door in something skimpy– but overcoming your body image issues might. After reading the excerpt below, you can click through to the full article. CeCe’s solution might not be exactly what you’d do, but if you would like to get similar results ( a better body image), maybe I can help. Growing up as a plus-size girl, the last day of school was always the first day of my master plan to lose weight. The plan, of course, was to get skinny over the summer break so that I could wow everyone with my new body on the first day of school. I had wonderful fantasies of my triumphant return as skinny CeCe.
In junior high, the fantasy was simple: I would come back to school skinny, my crush would fall in love with me, and my life would be perfect. In the high school fantasy, I would come back to school skinny, my crush would fall in love with me, I’d get the lead part in the school play, and then my life would be perfect.
Through college, the fantasy changed, but the template remained the same: get skinny, blah blah blah, and my life would be perfect. The idea that skinny meant having a perfect life was a silent mantra that I would affirm as I watched my more slender friends experience major (and, sometimes very minor) milestones that seemed to allude me. If I were skinny, he would have bought me a drink. If I were skinny, I could shop there, too. If I were skinny, I would have gotten that job.