If you’re an avid follower of my Instagram stories, you’ll have heard me mention the term “skinny fat” before and it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot more since my jeans have been getting a bit snugger, my belly overhang that little bit more prominent and the skinny fitting dresses I’ve worn in the past are looking a bit more flab than fab. I’d like to take the phrase “skinny fat” from one of my all time favourite Youtubers Patricia Bright and tell you all what it means to me.
Before I continue with this post, I want to clarify that I’m not body-shaming anyone, I’m simply expressing the views I have on my own body and couldn’t give a shit if anyone thinks otherwise. I’m sure there will be eye-rolls at the title of this post – I’ve seen it in real life when I’ve mentioned my weight gain and wanting to tone it up a bit. Yes I’m aware I’m petite – it doesn’t mean I don’t need to tone up!
I’ve always been a skinny Minnie, I’m a petite 5 ft 2 (and a half – very important), small feet, boobs, a bit of a bigger bum and a flat tum – well flat tum until recently.
Ever since having the Mirena coil fitted in October of last year after having my meds changed and not being able to stay on the pill (I was on that bad lad for a decade!) I’ve slowly started to gather a bigger belly that I’ve never had before. All of my trousers, jeans and leggings have been digging into my gut making me feel continuously bloated and just not sexy – honestly seeing me bloated with a belly overhang is not the sexiest I’ve ever been. Poor Aaron.
I haven’t been comfortable with myself, so decided that I’d start getting my fit on by doing some more exercise. I’d been doing some yoga at home before Christmas, but have started going to classes with my bestie Maisie (granted I’ve only been to one so far!) and have been doing some belly fat blitzing exercises from YouTube. If you can’t afford to go to the gym, definitely prop your laptop up in front of you at home and search through the masses of exercise videos – it’s free!
I’m going to be tracking my progress with photos rather than scales as 1) I don’t have any scales and 2) I’ve only got one problem area – the rest of me is bloody fine which is what is a pain in the arse!
To kick this off, here are some pictures I got Aaron to take of me in my lovely gym gear he got me for Christmas, showcasing my lumps and bumps for all to see!
I’ll be honest, I don’t think it would bother me so much if I’d gained the same weight around my boobs 😉
So what is skinny fat? Someone that’s seemingly slim to the outside world, but unfit and untoned under wraps. Someone that’s spent most of their life not worrying about that cheeky takeaway they had, the family sized bar of chocolate that they gobbled in mere minutes – all because it’s not had a consequence, until one day it does.
The key thing I want people to take away from this post is that everyone has their hang ups – it’s easy to dismiss someone’s feelings about their body, but it doesn’t make them any less valid. I simply feel uncomfortable and quite frankly, I’m not having any of it and doing something to make me feel better about myself.
Are you a gym bunny or more of a couch potato? Have you got any health and fitness goals for the year? Let me know in the comments below!