Friday, February 11

From Fatville to Thinnydom?

She had lived there her whole life, and never thought twice about it. Until one day, she saw a friend who had moved someplace new.

Someplace Charlie had never gone before.


"It's really great there," declared her friend, "and I can't believe how much better I feel now that I have made the move! But it's super tough to get in."

Charlie decided that even though she wasn't close fitting in over in Thinnydom, maybe she would start to see how close she could get.

And even though it took her a long time, she kept plugging away at moving things around in her life. Preparing herself for the big day when she might reach Thinnydom and belong.

One day, right in the middle of her daily routine, someone from Fatville said "You don't belong here anymore. You need to move to Thinny."

Charlie freaked out. "But I've lived here all my life in Fatville! I can't possibly go yet! I still have so much left to do here! I have to help others start to change. I have to keep changing myself! No, I am not leaving Fatville. Not yet. Not for a while."

But that someone from Fatville insisted, "Yeah, but you don't really look like you're a resident of Fatville anymore. You've changed. And people are starting to forget you ever belonged here."

Tears welled up in Charlie's eyes.

"But this is my home...."

"Not anymore. It's time to move on."

Well, Charlie was NOT PLEASED about this change.

She needed to make the change on HER terms. Sure people could say she belonged with the thinnys, but she knew without a doubt that the folks in Fatville were HER PEOPLE. Her outside had changed, but the inside hadn't. She knew who she was on the inside, and no amount of weight loss or muscles could convince her otherwise.

But pretty soon, after her address changed from 26W(est) to 9, she found herself living in the city limits of Thinnydom. And after a while, it wasn't so bad. She started getting used to the people and constant barrage of broccoli. She started feeling more at home.

Yet every once in a while, she snuck over to Fatville and picked up a cake at the old bakery like she used too. She would eat that cake and have warm fuzzy memories of the home she used to know.

The residents of Thinnydom were none too pleased about this behavior.

"You have to make a choice. You can't live in both places. It's Thinny or Fat."

Charlie pondered this for a moment...

then for an hour...

then for a day...

and that turned into a solid 30 days of struggling with where she really wanted to live. She had spent years planning for this move, but now that it was here, she was torn. She loved belonging in Thinnydom, but she knew some fantastic people left in Fatville. And THAT'S WHEN IT HIT HER.

"You thinny's didn't really invite me over. In fact, you kinda snubbed me when I made the choice to start moving over here. And I really didn't like that. But now that I'm here you like me and I like you! So I am going to help you AND the wonderful people in Fatville. I'm going to be an ambassador. I'm going to share the wonderful things there are to offer here in Thinny, and invite the folks from Fatville to c'mon over. I want them to know that moving into Thinnydom takes a lot of work, but it's worth it in the end. I mean, heck- look at MY end!"

And the thinnys agreed. They even gave Charlie a special cape to assist her in her quest. And she flew from Thinnydom to Fatville on a daily basis, inviting and encouraging others to come over.

And she loved every second of it.

Because she had found her "th-inner superhero."

The End

PS- If you are on a quest to go from Fatville to Thinnydom, please check out THE GREAT CLOTHING EXCHANGE where a woman on her quest can swap clothes as she goes down in sizes. This is a fantastic opportunity to save a buck, and to get some great clothing for your changing body! Thanks to Leaving Fatville for inspiring this post.


Untypically Jia said...

Well if no one understood the mental road blocks in losing weight, they sure do now.

PS: Some awesome illustrations and this would be a super cool book.

Sugar said...

wow that was fabulous!

Sushicookie said...

You are absolutely too adorable, Charlie. :)

Theresa G said...

/raises hand

Illustrator--right here!!

Gina Covello said...

Great job! Very creative! I love the cape. Your exercise has been encouraging me to make the move, but I have been treating an injury. I'm going to give another go at it either Sunday or Monday.

Sassy Molassy said...

What an awesome post! Thanks for sharing!!

Shrinking Mommy said...

You are such a great writer! I loved this post! So TRUE...I was with ya the whole way!

You are an inspiration to all!

"Hot Stuff"- 31 Gifts said...

Wonderfully written!!! I had worked hard to be thin all of my adult years and it sunk me into more depression when medication caused me to gain 45 are an encouragement to me. Although I cannot do it the way you do it, (PTSD, depression, etc.) I have been inspired to pray and ask God's help and I have shrunk quite a bit- would like to go down a little more, but I already need a tummy tuck-lol!! Congratulations, deserve good things!!

~ Darla ~ said...

What an awesome post. Loved it! Charlie I love both pictures of are so pretty and full of life.

Results Not Typical Girl said...

Hey, can't find my invite to the bedazzling cape party. you find your cape gets in the way of wearing a pearl necklace? Just curious. Thanks. - Kirsten


paulawannacracker said...

inspiring post and I agree with the others. you're gorgeous in both pictures.

I remain inspired,
paula said...

I just found your blog! This was SUCHHHH a cute post, I absolutely loved it and it was totally inspiring. Thank you for sharing and I am totally adding this to my RSS feed!

Marla said...

Your cape is awesome. One day I hope to follow in your footsteps and become an ambassador too.

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