Jennifer Aniston recently wrote an essay on body shaming after a pic of her sporting a little tummy went viral and the pregnancy rumor mill went into high gear. As well as horrific body shaming! I totally related to it. Not the body shaming per se, (I do enough of that to myself, but more on that later) but to the problem of tummy bloat. Maybe Jen just had a smoothie? You know what those things do!
The Smoothie Diet notion has GOT to go. This “smoothie for lunch and another for dinner” thing? Forget it! Because after drinking a smoothie, I cannot close my pants! For hours! So bloated! Plus, if I get a smoothie from a place that adds cheap vitamins, then I am bloated AND belching up Vitamin B Complex. All afternoon!
Then I find myself holding my impossible-to-close pants up, and belching up a vile substance! All afternoon!
This may be healthy for my body, but it’s lethal to my self esteem! Bloated! Belching! And totally not satiated! Blech!
We Leftat50’s are into taking care of ourselves, but sometimes we are our own paparazzi! Our own “Body Shamers.” I’m sure you know what I am saying. It’s been a few years since my Ex walked out on me and married a woman half my age. It took me a long time to heal my heart from that rejection. That notion that I was old and no longer lovable because I was not my Twenty-Five-Year-Old-Flat-Tummied-Self any longer. Staring at myself in the mirror, judging myself for every “pinchable inch”. (Who came up with that horrific notion?)
I’m doing better now, but like Jen, and most women of all ages, we feel constantly scrutinized. That’s why we need to stop this self-scrutinizing. Body shaming ourselves for not being picture perfect each and every day. We can be on Team Me! We can enjoy our meals and savor every bite-sized minute of our new delicious lives!
Minus the smoothies, of course.
We all go through major life transitions when relationships end… Through this website, I will share my thoughts as I walk the path of “New-Self” discovery. It doesn’t matter which side of 50 you are on. The real question is, Are you ready to live life? To forge a Path of Your Own Making (For a change!)? Then stop dwelling over the What-Might-Have-Beens and join me. Share your thoughts here, comment on mine, and let’s do this together!