These are the words one of my CrossFit coaches greeted me with today. I don’t see her much as she coaches the classes I usually don’t attend, but today I went to a different class.
My mom whom I haven’t seen for a bit either said the exact same thing to me (almost) a few days before.
“Yes, I’ve gotten bigger,” I acknowledge.
I work hard. And I do get a lot of attention. There just aren’t that many women walking around who look like me.
It’s a compliment. And I don’t take compliments all that well. And it’s a body image thing. It’s accepting how my body has changed over the past year. Plus, reconciling how my body looks compared to how society thinks a woman should look is something I don’t think about all that much.
Yes, I know I’m different. I don’t mind being different. Still, it has it moments. However, it’s nice to be acknowledged. It’s nice to feel beautiful. Even when beautiful is different.