Hi. I’m Ericka. And I’m skinny.
Like, not your normal every day skinny, but super, super skinny. My brother calls me L.A chic. Other people call me anorexic. Or ask me if I’m one of “those girls” as they look me up and down.
Sometimes they tell me I need to eat a burger. (I eat burgers like four times a week, thank you.)
Or they just flat out tell me I need to gain weight.
Really?!!!! You don’t say. 🤔
I’ve been skinny my whole life. Not this skinny, but I’ve always been petite.
Four years ago, I was diagnosed with a hyperactive thyroid. Which makes it a challenge to put on weight. That coupled with my impeccably clean eating (due to my autoimmune issues) makes it even more challenging to put on weight.
It used to bother me when people would point out my skinny. It made me self-conscious. And I let it affect the way I looked at myself. I used to think I was repulsive; disgusting even. Cause that’s surely what others think when they see me therefore I must think it too.
Well. Screw others and what they think of me. Others are entitled to their opinion. They can think I’m too skinny. They can even look me dead in the eye and say it to my face — and hell, I may even agree with them! But the one thing I won’t do, is let their opinion of me or what my body looks like dictate how I feel about myself. Because I know where I’ve been. I know where I started. I know how hard I’ve worked to get this skinny little ass where it’s at today. And where I’m at today is a blessing. It’s a gift. It’s more pain free days than days with pain. It’s the healthiest I’ve been in seven years.
This little skinny body of mine is a walking miracle. So don’t tell me to eat a burger. Or that I need to gain weight. Cause you’d never walk up to someone and tell them they need to lose weight.
Unless you’re a jerk.
Don’t be a jerk. Think before you speak. If it isn’t inspiring, motivating, positive, or a “WOW you look amazing for all you’ve been through!” — just hold it in. Bite your tongue. Do a dance. Walk away.
Your words have power.
Use them for good. ♥️