by Natasha Anne Chaudhary
Hi There. My name is Tasha and I am the creator and writer of the blog Slimming it My Way. I started my blog at a time when I wanted to feel more accountable for my weight loss journey, as I heard that this helps keeps you on track. If you have to share your story with the world, then you have to be totally honest and tell it all about the problems you face, as well as the successes.
Now over a year on, my blog is still small but my journey has taken a turn into trying to be happy with the current body I have whilst also trying to live a bit healthier. My focus has shifted from weight loss to loving your body and treating it like a princess!
I started my journey after my uncle died of a heart attack in December 2013. He was a very large man and must’ve weighed at least 30 stone. This scared me so much, I decided I didn’t want to end up the same way. So I made the decision to get healthy once and for all and started eating better, cut out takeaways and even stopped drinking alcohol completely for a short while. Throughout my journey I tried various ways to get healthier. I stopped drinking fizzy pop for a long time and at one point even drastically cut down the amount of bread and carbs I ate.
After I lost the majority of my extra weight, (now currently a size 14/16), I felt more comfortable in my own skin, healthier than I have ever felt and started to love the skin I’m in. It’s sad that I’m only appreciating my body now but nobody’s perfect. I’m a vain lady and I’m the first to admit that!
I decided more recently to promote body positivity because I never liked my body when I was big. You’ll know my reasons for weight loss if you follow my blog but basically, I felt really unhealthy and was worried about how long I had left. At 24-years-old, this is not something you should be worrying about; am I right?! I was also very low in self-confidence, would comfort-eat because I hated my body and would buy clothes to cover up instead of show off my figure.
Body Positivity is really important to me now more than ever, because now that I’m older and a bit wiser (debatable), I see what the media does to women and specifically, the plus-size community and it ain’t right! Plus size women are made to feel inadequate and like they’re not allowed to wear certain clothes because their shape wouldn’t flatter them. Who cares if you feel flattered? Do you like that horizontal striped jumper? Good, then wear it how the hell you want! We are all too quick to judge others based on their looks and never delve deep enough to see the beauty within. A girl may be wearing green dungarees two sizes too small with her hair in a frizzy bun but she may have an amazing intellect that you should take the time to get to know! It’s not your business how she dresses; as long as she feels good, that’s all that matters right?
If your weight affects your health, then maybe make a few healthy changes but do it to feel healthier, not because someone else told you to. Treat your body well and look after it in any way you can.
It’s not all about weight loss, it should be about loving your body in its current state. I love my stretch marks because they show my journey and tell my story. I love my smile because it warms a room. I even love my now seriously saggy boobs because they have gone through a lot throughout my journey to get healthier and my other half says they are cute! I love that he loves them just as much now as when they were a 40 F!
Promoting self-love and appreciating your body is super important to me because I have been in that place where I hated looking in the mirror. I have shrugged it off when people have pointed and made rude remarks about my size. I believed those inner demons that told me “I wasn’t good enough” but I have also come out the other side a stronger person.
Now I see the importance of promoting yourself and treating your body like a princess. If that means wearing a sexy bodycon dress just because or doing an exercise class to sweat out the day’s stresses, then so be it. It’s your life, it’s your body and you should do what the hell you want with it.
I am choosing to appreciate mine in its current state but also push it further with exercise. That’s my choice. Whatever you do with your body, make sure it is your decision and don’t ever let anyone tell you what to do with it.
(This is a guest piece written by Natasha Anne Chaudhary not Sarah Woodside.)