A Picture Post.
Every girl/woman should know their body. Partly morbid curiosity and partly self preservation. When I was younger I didn't want to know my body and by the time it became obvious that I needed to know my body, I was morbidly obese and couldn't see my body. Neither of which is a good thing.
It occurred to me while I was shaving my legs that the geography of my body has greatly changed. It took me almost 20 years to become morbidly obese, a day at a time. It's only been about 2 years of losing close to 100 pounds. I need to relearn the geography of my body.
The curves and rolls that were once there are gone. In their place are much more angular and firm slopes. I have to take care shaving my knees because they're no longer round, but rather boney and rigid. I have to take care around my ankles because I can easily slice the back of them because it's linear, rather than curved.
I have muscles in my arms and shoulders and back, but still have hanging skin from my triceps. My butt is much smaller and no longer shelf like, but I have a clear muffin top if I'm not careful about how I swear my pants. I have smaller waist, hips and legs, but the skin from my thighs prevents me from getting smaller pants.
I still look at a certain top in my closet that is a Gap size large and think that I can't wear it. Not because it won't fit, but because I'm sure that it's not long enough to cover up my butt. I pull pants from the rack and can't believe that they will button around my waist.
My geography is changing and I need to relearn it. In some ways it's what I expected. In others, it's nothing that I expected. I expected less weight and slimmer body, but I did not count on my thighs retaining more skin. I did not count on the wonderful muscles in my arms, but I also didn't thing I'd have that much skin waving long after I stopped. And in some ways, I feel as though I learn my geography and in the next instant something changes it and I have to relearn what I have just learned.
So whether you're big or small or in between, I challenge you to think about your body. Learn it. Love it as it is and consider how you can change what you have the ability to change.