Four months now I have been inactive. Not only am I not exercising in any formally recognizable manner, I find myself moving as little as possible in all matters of daily living. It's just a little less painful that way. There's a geeky corner of my brain that would like to calculate the precise number of unburned calories this would amount to, but the rest of my brain is currently too doped to quite make sense of the numbers. Add to that fact, the current disturbance in my pelvis is causing some bloat-like symptoms...and, well, none of my clothes fit. Except for the stretchy ones, that is. I've become adept at all kinds of wardrobe disguises, but nothing hides the bare facts. Bare facts.
Full disclosure: I also ate a lot of barbeque chips on the way home last night. More than anyone needs to...however many that is. They were so good. Anyway, now that you know that...
More vulnerable means admitting that I looked at an old picture and found myself wishing I was that thin again. I detest of this kind of thinking!
When I taught English to recent immigrants I learned how absolutely cultural are our concepts of beauty. My Asian students commented when they thought I was getting "fatter" (ya gotta love the lack of euphemisms in a limited vocabulary!) and my African students thought I was too skinny. I vowed to remember that beauty is culturally defined, therefore hardly a standard to be too worried about.
Three times this week I had encounters with other women wherein the issues of weight and body image came up. Sigh. I look at my beautiful friends and I love them. I have written posts about how God made us beautiful and I believe it with all my heart.
However, all this excellent head knowledge isn't helping me one bit this week. You're in luck though--I am going to share a thought that has helped a lot...
I'm about to let you in on a little unscientific and perhaps unorthodox theory I have: I don't think Eve looked like Megan Fox. Seriously.
When God created woman...it seems likely that He would create the most beautiful woman possible. Keeping in mind that he created peacocks and the Himalayas, His ability is obvious. Yet she probably didn't look a bit like any magazine cover we've seen.
The beauty of this original woman inspired her name. When Adam saw her he said, "Whoa, man!!" and we've been called "whoa-man" or "woman" ever since.
Have you seen pictures of the oldest human bones that have been discovered? Apparently, scientists think they're about 7,000 years old (which coincidentally lines up with the general timeline of when Eve would likely have walked the earth). I sincerely doubt that she was hairy like an ape, but the general shape is pretty clear:
The good news, sisters? We look more like the original ideal woman than like Paris Hilton.
Splendor and beauty mark his craft...