Why on earth would I be grateful for THAT?
I've had thoughts like this off and on for awhile and cb's thread reminded me of it...
Thank goodness I used to be FAT. Or actually more correctly, thank goodness I spent my teen and young adult years overweight. Waiting until almost 40 to be thin may be ideal
When I see my impossibly skinny friends (I have 3 that are 5'7-5'8 and 115-122 lbs) bemoan an extra pound like its the most disgusting thing that ever happened to them I am grateful for the perspective. Am I HAPPY that I regained 6 lbs? no, but mostly because I regained it doing behavior that makes me sleep poorly etc. But neither am I disgusted with it.
When I see my always have been thin friends despise the changes that occur when they are blessed with a pregnancy. I LOVED my pregnant body, for the first time in my life I wasnt FAT, I was PREGNANT. I felt like earth momma. I never felt like I was "a huge cow" to quote. When I hear 2 friends say the sole reason they dont want a 2nd baby is that they hated getting fat it makes me want to cry. (I can think of LOTS of other reasons to stick with an only, but that is off topic!)
When I see these same women despair that their hips are permanantly wider or their waists are still thicker even though they are back to their prepreg weight. I am not sure what my prepg waist was, but whatever it was, its better than that now!
When a survey went around awhile ago "how normal are you" and most of them would "rather be run over by a truck than gain 50 lbs" ("as long as I dont die or get paralyzed"...which wasnt explicit in the question) Sad to not know that life can be beautiful no matter your weight. And that weight is not the most painful thing life can offer you.
When several friends gave up breastfeeding "so I can lose those last 5 pregnancy pounds". This time is SO short, is 5 lbs for one more year, 6 more months, THAT bad?
My feet and hips would probably prefer that I had never been fat, but I am starting to think the rest of me is grateful that I never learned to think that being thin was vital to being happy.