I Weigh Over 200 Pounds And...

I Weigh Over 200 Pounds And...

Everything you think you know is wrong.

There seem to be a lot of misconceptions going around about overweight women. We hear a lot of things that plus sized women aren't. They aren't physically active, they aren't happy with their bodies, they aren't healthy but I'm here as a plus sized women to tell you the truth about what I am.

I apologize in advance for all the gifs of skinny girls doing the things I'm talking about, plus sized girls just aren't represented.

I wear crop tops.

I love crop tops, they are so cute! I don't understand why the fashion industry thinks plus sized women don't like normal clothes. I love watching other plus sized women realize that if I can wear whatever I want, so can they.

I am beautiful.

I look damn good. My weight does not determine how good I look, it's all about that confidence.

I go to the gym.

I have a regular workout schedule and I actually enjoy it. I probably go to the gym more than most "skinny" people.

I don't have to wear a bra.

It's not just for small boobs anymore, live your life and don't let society tell you that you shouldn't. Trust me you didn't even notice that I wasn't wearing a bra the last time you saw me.

I am healthy.

Recent studies actually show that most people that are considered obese or overweight are actually otherwise completely healthy. If you aren't my doctor maybe you shouldn't be making judgments about my health.

Men are attracted to me.

I look good and obviously, men think so too. Don't try to tell me that men would like me better if I lost weight. I'm having pretty good luck right now.

I love healthy food.

Who doesn't love a good bag of grapes every now and then? If a skinny girl overeats it's cute but when I eat a salad it must be because I'm trying to lose weight. I love salad but I also love mozzarella sticks. Just let me live my life.

I like the way I look in clothes.

Retailers like Maurice's have really stepped it up in giving plus sized women options. I pick out clothes that make me look good just like any other girl would and I'm pretty happy with my choices.

Your opinions are not welcome.

I don't want to hear what you think I should wear, or eat, or do. I'm an adult out here making my own choices just like you are. I can do the same things you can do.

I love my body.

I don't know when we started telling women they should love their bodies only if they have the perfect body. You only get one life so why should you spend it hating the body you have? As I've started to love my body more, I've actually lost weight more easily than I ever did when I hated my body. Self love is the most important thing you can give yourself.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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