Embracing My Chunky Tender
From age 15 until age 27, my weight was between 120 and 130 lbs (I don’t know metrics, so please don’t ask me about kilos). In the 6 – 8 weeks leading up to my 28th birthday, I started packing on weight. One late night dinner here, I gained two pounds. Pizza for breakfast (yummmmmm… piiiiizzzzaaa), put on another pound & a half. Chicken avocado sandwich & fries for lunch, another three pounds. I now find myself at a plump 143 lbs, only 7 pounds less than my best friend – who happens to be 6 months pregnant. Woe is me… I’m a chunky tender. What made me feel “chunky” was my inability to find anything in my closet that fits. What what made me feel so “tender”, was how WONDERFUL I’ve been feeling as of late! With my new weight, I have more energy, I have more curves and for the first time in my life, I am not anemic! Epic, right? Absolutely. Catch me soon at a blood donation center near you!
Now, I’ll admit – I nearly fell in the insecure slump of “slender girl gone thick” when the lovely suits I wore to Sorority Rush as a 19 year old co-ed, no longer fit. I was always that girl who ate like a wildebeast, but who had the tiny waist & lovely thighs. So letting go of the rigid image of “lovely thighs” fitting in size 2 slacks was a struggle for me. I have come to the realization that… My thighs are even lovelier with this extra flesh. While at work, I steal a pinch or two of my thick thighs, amazed at my physique. I’m grateful. I feel beautiful. Through the help of my friends Adrian and Breanne, I was able to let go of my size 2 dresses and cozy up into a 6 (I just need to go buy some clothes that fit and quit wearing booty-cupping wrap dresses though).
I’ll keep this post short and sweet… The point is, I feel healthy. I look good. I am embracing any added chunkiness because it belongs here. I hope you can do the same!
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Good for you! You’re obviously not “chunky”…except if you keep comparing your current body to your younger self. We grow, we develop, we change all our lives. As long as we remain healthy, we should celebrate. Healthy is beautiful.
I agree with the earlier post your not “chunky”…lol..all of the chunky tenders were on the back of the line.. 🙂 Im glad that you are embracing the few “extra pounds”…You are a beautiful woman and im sure that they look great on you.. Love you lady…
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if it’s not weight around your trunk and midsection then it’s really not unhealthy weight. that being said, we should all NOT be gaining 10+ lbs in a year (without a pregnancy) and not seeing a nutritionist. weight is our body’s barometer. if you see the same gain repeated next year, definitely seek a dietician. other than that it’s nothing. you just went from tiny to normal.
You are a beautiful woman. But more importantly than whether or not I or others believe that, you must know that. I’m glad you do.
This is a GREAT post! I felt the exact same way, I ate all that I wanted and every un-Godly hour and still slipped into size 2s and size XSa but alas, undergrad is over and my little guy is here so I’m now embracing my size 4s and mediums. I call it my grown up body! lol
I just so happened to look at your blog and this post caught my eye. I used to complain about being too skinny back in my high school days when I would float between 115 lbs and 125 lbs. Now I’m a senior in college and I’m stuck between 145 lbs and 150 lbs. I still feel too skinny but I’m 5’8″ and after a while, I’m just happy to be. And in my own skin too.
(now to raise my iron level and avoid being anemic lol)