With Netflix’s Insatiable coming back with a season 2, my own “fat” memories and post-weight loss feelings have resurfaced. Not only can I relate to some of the consistent messages this show portrays, but I think the writing is incredibly realistic while remaining inspirational. A girl who struggles with weight and insecurity becomes skinny because of an accident that requires her jaw to be wired shut. She lost all the weight without doing any of the work and this topic is addressed over and over again throughout the show.
I’ve had people tell me I’m happy now because I’m skinny. It is one of the most ignorant misunderstandings I get. Just because I look thinner doesn’t mean I know how to be happy. It is the journey that comes from the work behind weight-loss that taught me how to transform not just my body, but my mind and my soul. Read more about this in my post, “The deep & rocky waters of loving yourself.”
The main character, Patty, battles with some issues I can’t exactly relate to. But, the general ideas on loving yourself from within, I stand by 110%. No matter what challenges we deal with in our personal lives, the solution begins with our perspective. Developing self-awareness and understanding our hurt enables the healing process. Defining the issues we hope to solve. Carrying an optimistic attitude. Believing in ourselves.
I am good, I am worthy, I am enough.
I deserve to be happy.
Seeing potential and then manifesting those dreams. This happy life full of self-love and accomplishment isn’t a figment of our imagination. It’s a goal, and with patience and determination, it can be our future.
There will always be something about the way I look that I can find to complain about. Sure, I lost weight. I still have extra skin on my thighs and stretch marks on my stomach. However, when I’m feeling good, distracted with positive thoughts and self-motivation, these complaints fade away. These nit-picky, unnecessary “problems” disappear. I actually become proud of my scars because I remember what they signify. My strength, my development, all I’ve achieved since I was the girl who didn’t even have a desire to live.
“Fatty Patty” skipped over the weight-loss journey. She used to dream about one day waking up skinny, as if all her problems would go away. But, when that day came, it was without any of her own efforts. She didn’t learn how much she’s capable of. She wasn’t able to see how strong she is. She never got the chance to believe in her own success. Each and every moment we have the opportunity to remind ourselves of these strengths. Every day is a new chance to listen to and love ourselves. Every dream and every goal we could possibly think of is made better once we learn how to love ourselves properly. There is no greater reward than understanding our own power to create a life that is fulfilling.