To me, this is a powerful and empowering statement because it suggest that I have the power and ability to impact the world, change the course of history, to make a lasting difference.  This is my heart’s longing and desire. To “be the change” is my daily alarm clock, the reason I wake up each morning and face the day’s challenges and pressures created by the world in which we live.

As a woman, I can feel the pressures from day to day of the expectations that are set for me by society and the media.  The pressure to be perfect, act perfect, perform without flaws, but most of all, to fit into the “thin ideal” that is clearly defined in all fashion magazines, movies, and television shows.  I know the “ideal” is there and I know that I do not meet the “ideal”. And guess what…. I’M PROUD TO BE DIFFERENT! To be different means I’m finding satisfaction in the life I’m living based on other factors than the size of my body!  I hear the conversations between women of all ages, trying to bond over body size, dissatisfaction of their body, and the “f” word. FAT has such bonding power.  How did such a small word, come to encompass so many emotions and meanings?!

I made a declaration to myself about 3 years ago to be different.  I refuse to take part in it. As a young professional female, I have many other topics and subjects to discuss with my loved ones than the size of my thighs.  I have dreams and plans I’d rather talk about over coffee than the latest diet I’m on or berating myself for having a dessert or full fall latte. I find freedom in being able to declare “I’M NOT FAT” and removing the pressure to call myself fat in order to make the companions I’m around feel better.  I choose to be different and I encourage each of you to take the challenge as well!

Live in the freedom of FAT FREE TALK!  Live in the freedom of loving yourself because you are actively, purposefully, and intentionally engaging in this life, after all, we are only given one life, so we better make it good!