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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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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