Just logged into Blogger to catch up with all you lovely Bloggers.
Sorry I've been AWOL. Birthday celebrations were rather epic :D
BUT BUT BUT whilst I was away my wonderful friend and house mate has blogged about.....ME :o
She has written some thought provoking things and has been rather too kind about me.
Here are some of my favourite excerpts from the Blog entry but feel free to read the entire post here.
"This week there's been more to celebrate as Emily has just reached a significant milestone after spending the last few months putting herself through what I would describe as a mild form of torture. Food Deprivation and Voluntary Self-Exhaustion... Basically, she's been trying to lose weight."
"It took me a while to get on board with the idea. Having spent so many of my post-teenage years trying to see myself as a reasonably-normal-shaped human being and not some flabby mutant monster type thing, I find weight-loss quite a tricky concept in some ways. "You mean after all that practise at accepting who I am, I now have to admit there's something wrong with me?" Everybody has a problem with a bit of their body. Everybody wants to be 'OK' so that people won't run a mile as they approach, and it's taken me a while to understand that actually I'm fine. There's nothing really wrong with me, and in fact there's a lot rightwith me. I've not got the perfect body, if such a thing even exists, but 'not perfect' is definitely 'good enough'. In fact there's some bits of myself I really like now. My legs are pretty good, I like my hands, and I get my wrists and neck from my Mum."
" Also I've realised that while for the most part I don't feel the personal or ethical need to be particularly slim or fit, I need to make sure I remember what my body can do. Maybe I'm not going to challenge it physically a lot of the time, but it does still need to be in good working order so that I don't get in my own way. If you don't run much, and insist you're "not a runner", eventually you'll convince yourself of it so much that you won't ever try and run, even if it's just a short dash down the street for the fun of it. "
And my favourite bit (got rather emotional reading this actually):
"So in fact, while I liked Emily at 13+st and I shall like her just as much at 11, what she has been doing is really quite brave. Rather than finding something she doesn't like about herself and silently fretting about it, she's challenged herself to improve, she's stuck with it, and she's winning! I'm constantly impressed by her determination and discipline - something I could definitely stand to get a bit better at."
I'm yet to speak to her in person, as I'm feeling very emotional but it is hard work and it's so nice for that to be acknowledged by someone I care about.
Hope you all have someone telling you all just how great your all doing because you really are :D