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."
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.