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An adventurous, giggly 20-something-year-old woman who no longer believes that being skinny is the only way to be happy, healthy and beautiful.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Secret to Fat Beauty ... Beautiful Skin!!!

This week I had a revelation: all my life I've been focusing on how being fat disables me. "Oh, I can't get the guy I want because he thinks I'm too fat!" "Oh, I can't go clothes shopping with X, because I won't be able to fit into anything but socks!" "Oh, woe is me!!!!"

But in order to feel better about myself, in order to become the new happy, healthy, beautiful me, shouldn't I flip this kind of thinking around? In other words, how does my fat empower me? What does it give me that I wouldn't have as a skinny woman? I'm not going to lie; my first thought definitely turned to my lovely ladies (which are by definition fat). But once I had managed to pull my mind out of the gutter I quickly realized what I also have in abundance: SKIN!!! This is the one lasting beauty change I could make that's bound to make people stop and say "Wow," if for no other reason than that I have so goddamn much of it!

To be perfectly honest, I had a little help with this epiphany. Last week I got a facial in preparation for the aforementioned photo shoot. I didn't put too much thought into it, to be honest. I just went on my new favorite website for discount beauty services/products, Lifebooker.com, found someone who was offering a discount, and booked a facial.

When the ladies in the salon complimented me on how beautiful I looked after the facial I smiled, but chalked it up to them trying to turn me into a repeat customer. When the woman who did my makeup the day after complimented me on my beautiful skin, I figured it was just because she had a close-up view of the post-facial me. When the photographer thanked her lucky stars that she wouldn't have to spend too much time on Photoshop fixing the blemishes in my skin, I thought the same thing. When two drunks on the side of the road complimented me ... you get the idea. But when a good friend and even a fat-phobic colleague complimented me on how nice I suddenly looked, even though I had made no other change, it really hit me: my extra skin is an asset, not a disability!!!!

Basically, all this is to say that I've decided the first step to a new, beautiful me is taking better care of my skin. So, starting with the next post, I'm going to kick off this blog for real with a post on my new, improved skin care regimen, as well as a few before and after photos (yikes!). Hope you're as excited about it as I am!


  1. I sure hope you start sharing your beauty secrets then. I have a mess of combination skin and with winter on it's way the great drying out of 2011 has begun! I have to use a serum right out of the shower to avoid the big crackling flakes on my face...followed by regular moisturizer, etc. I get compliments on my skin and I'm always surprised because I have yet to figure it out, myself. I will say that I tend to look younger than my 34 years, without trying. Thanks to my filled-out and plump skin.

  2. You definitely do look a lot younger! I would never have guessed you were 34! You know, I think the fat is a mixed blessing in this regard. I think when you're younger it makes you look older, but once you reach a certain age (I think I'm reaching it right now) the fat starts working for you and making you look younger. Perhaps being fat makes you look perpetually 25?

  3. Ha-ha, I did get carded yesterday, so who knows?

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  5. Good thing you decided to start a new skin care regimen. Just want to give you a friendly reminder: if in your search for your ultimate skin care product, you decide to change the brand of your facial wash, use your new and old facial wash alternatively (3-4 days each), until your skin adjusts to the new product. Doing this will help reduce possible harmful effects to your skin. Don't forget to keep us posted. :)
    ->>Gaye Cisneros