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I know I'm days behind on this, but there was a wee bit of furore on a LibDemVoice article, where Jo Swinson used the launch of some size-16 mannequins to promote the government body confidence campaign and there were a number of commenters who were very concerned that this might mean fat women think it's ok to be fat.

If feeling miserable and ashamed of my body achieved anything, I'd have been toned and slender long ago. So I've tried to give up body-hatred and focus on what I can do. My body has grown two enormous babies, and fed each of them for years. I rack up 10,000+ steps a day on my pedometer, and I cycle-commute around north Cambridge every weekday. At the end of September last year, 12 weeks post-partum, I took up running with Couch-to-5k, and after a couple of gaps this year (flu in February, and the hot summer), I've re-established a habit of running three times a week and am dreaming of running a marathon next year.

Twice a week I run in my lunch hour at work. I am a fat woman and my running gear does nothing to hide this, because it is comfortable and functional. I've been enjoying seeing some of my friends making Clovember posts, and so today I snapped a couple of photos of me in my running gear before I set out. Photos and numbers are behind the cut.

Here I am in our disabled accessible loo which conveniently has a full-length mirror. (This may look oddly familiar to those of you who also see [livejournal.com profile] emperor 's Clovember posts.)

Ready to run

Blue running top from Aldi, black leggings from La Redoute, high-vis socks also from Aldi and Nike trainers. Black neoprene bumbag, which I think came from Advance Performance back when I was doing powerwalking in 2009-10. It holds my phone, my entry card, and my pedometer.

Here I decided to turn sideways and show the full horror of my tubby belly. It turns out that I couldn't take a non-wobbly sensible photo, so have the one with me pulling a face instead.

Side view

Numbers: I weigh about 105kg, my BMI is about 36, and my clothes size is around 22-24. Most of society tries to tell me multiple times a day that I am terrible for being this size, usually while trying to sell me something.

Sometimes it feels like a conscious political act, going out and being a fat woman visibly exercising in public. Sometimes it's just a good way to spend my lunch hour. I always feel happier afterwards and that's the real reason I keep doing it. Politics has nothing on endorphins.


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