Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hungry: Remembering God in the Fat Days

In case you haven't heard, I'm starting a new series on body image and identity called Hungry, based off of the bold and transformational book, Hungry: One Woman's Battle with and Victory over Anorexia and Bulimia.

As a part of this series, today I'd like to share an incredible resource for anyone female out there, or anyone who knows anyone female out there. A few months ago, I stumbled upon this great online community called The Good Women Project. I love this website because they tackle tough issues--like eating disorders, porn, lust, dating, and more--without flinching. They've created a platform "to share stories without judgment, experiences without fear, honesty without condemnation, and questions without embarrassment."

In short, they're awesome.

Today I was caught by the title of their newest post in their Body Image + Beauty section: When it isn't a skinny day.

In the post author Laura Colle writes about what happens when it's NOT a skinny day. When the "skinny high is gone" and anxiety and guilt threaten to seize your day.

"I head to my closet, once again longing for winter so I can hide behind hoodies and scarves. I go for my default and grab the leggings that hold in my tummy and a blouse top so I don’t have to suck in.

Sometimes I wish I didn’t care so much and I could be one of those people who just lets it all hang out anyway. But I care, way too much."

Most days, I care too much, too. I try too hard. I take too much pride in my skinny days, the days the mirror cooperates. And I freeze up in failure on the fat days. This is not a way to live.

On those fat days, like Laura, I need to be snapped out of my pity party and allow God to ask me the question:

"How dare you call what I created not good enough."

How dare I forget that I am beautiful and perfect, fearfully and wonderfully made?

To read more, check out the full article here.

Also, I'd encourage you to check out the Good Women Project through your social medium of choice:

--Cruise around their website:
--Become a fan on Facebook:
--Follow them on Twitter: @goodwomenproj

Can you relate to Laura? Do you ever tell God that His work isn't good enough? Challenge: What are three things you love about the way God made you?


  1. I'll go first with my three things:

    1. I love being short--I call it "travel size." Added bonus: I'm closer to the ground for hip hop.
    2. I love my freckles.
    3. I love that I wear the same size shoes as most grandmas, which gives me a wide selection of gently-used, now-hipster shoes at thrift stores.

    I thank you God for most this amazing body.

  2. Thanks Aly for sharing! I love how God uses our moments of intamacy with Him to draw others close and to glorify what He is doing.

    My three things:
    1. My hair. No one has a mane like mine and I love it. The curls rock even though I live in the capital of humidity.
    2. my boobs. what? they are perfect ;)
    3. my hands. my fingers are long and thin and I LOVE having my finger nails painted

    I like this game! thanks for self esteeem boost :)

  3. Awesome, Laura! Thanks so much for sharing. God makes beautiful things--including us!

  4. Thanks for the resource. I will definately check it out. I think we can all relate to feelings of insecurity, wondering what others think of us and hoping that they like what they see.

    Three things I love about the way God made me:

    1. I love being a poet and an artist.
    2. I love that I'm colorful - literally and figuratively.
    3. I love being someone who laughs easily and often.

    I like how you referred to yourself as "travel size" funny! You could also be considered "fun size" which is equally appropriate.

    Great post, Aly!

    1. Those are great attributes to love! Thanks for sharing. God makes us all so unique.

      And I will definitely start telling people I'm "fun size." :)

  5. I love this post, thank you!

    1. I love my sense of humor and ability to find humor in things.
    2. I love my ethnic background and finally appreciate and am proud to be Chinese/Filippino/German/Swiss-German.
    3. I love my crazy, whacky family.

    1. Thanks for reading and sharing! Your family sounds wonderfully whacky. So much to be grateful for.