Life Lesson: Making Friends with Your Body

Oh, the pain of the running shorts and the 3-inch inseam.
This dilemma has plagued, haunted and nearly paralyzed me. This is not a joke.
While I am a pretty avid exerciser and a mover, I still have more than a few areas that shake and jiggle.

Yes, these are some of my newer shorts 🙂

Due to that, I’ve always been a little self conscious and, as Lowi would likely say, I wear clothes that are too big for me.
Even when I really try, I generally struggle with what’s too tight, just right or too big.
Yoga pants, is generally, as tight as I will go and spandex is pretty strictly forbidden under nearly all circumstances.
I mean, I have cellulite and not just a little. It’s not a good look with spandex stretched over it. I know, I’ve seen it.

But I digress…

Recently, I decided to treat myself with new running shorts. Some I’ve had for a while and needed to be done.

I realized quickly that all my running shorts are black. I went out on a limb and ordered colors. OK, they’re all blue but it’s a start for me.
And furthermore, I ordered a large and no x-larges. It took about 5 minutes for me to click the “order” button.

Some of my longer shorts that I am trying to move away from.

After much mental wrangling and almost texting photos of me in the shorts to Lowi for permission to wear outdoors – I went out for a run.

Shortly after, I was on a run with John, who knows all about my body issues, who said, “What do you think about your new shorts?”
And followed up in a way that only he can, “You know, wearing shorts that aren’t so baggy actually make you look much thinner.”

Now, this is big since John tries to never go wading in these waters of “Am I fat?” and the like. He knows there are piranha in there and it’s not safe.

In my small way I am learning to put the stick of self-loathing down and instead try acceptance on for size.
If this feels a little like your story maybe you can do the same.
I hear the fitting rooms at Self Acceptance have great lighting, accurate mirrors and all the sales people are great.

Sunshine & Sarcasm,


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Annie says:

    Have you been secretly watching “Say Yes to the Dress?”


    1. G (of Lowi & G) says:

      Well, actually, no I have not. Should I be? 🙂


  2. Linda Lee says:

    Great story and something many of us can relate too!


    1. G (of Lowi & G) says:

      Thanks Linda. It’s a long and winding road to acceptance it would seem.


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