I am Thulisa, a highly qualified health professional that has passion in #WomenEmpowerment. I regard myself as a #BodyPositivityAdvocate and have been contributing towards this movement since 2011.
I don’t know what slim feels like as I have never been slim/slender in my life. For so many years, it was difficult to accept love from anyone as I was my biggest enemy in judging and hating myself for being fat.
I never thought I was important even though I grew up as a very smart kid. Ever since my childhood, very few people were mean to me regarding my weight _ actually, close to none. Mostly relatives. Until I went to varsity my family was always against weight loss programs and would ensure I never went through them. They promoted self-love that I never understood those days until 2011. Even at a young age people always respect and appreciate what I bring to the table as an individual.
They see a human being, a person who has a valuable contribution to the entire society, nationally.
Here and Now
It has been 6 full years loving myself genuinely. I broke free from my own self-loathing. Right now, I celebrate and love the person I am. It was tough initially but now this love from me to me comes very naturally. I no longer waste even a second doubting or allowing people to make me doubt how beautiful, smart and fabulous I am.
This picture, of my involvement in a Curve Loving project is my gift to all the women who are on daily basis doubting how amazing they are – Stretch marks, back rolls, skin problems and all.
We have one body and one life and I refuse to waste a second of it.
The 27 years I wasted is enough. I love myself, today, this minute and it is going remain like that for a very long time. I have come to realise that I am more than this physical appearance and I am a valuable community member of South Africa.
I care and conform with #HealthyLifestyle as I care about my health and living for longer for my family. Impacting positively in many women’s lives and the society at large. I am all about #SelfLoveRightNow flaws and all because my body is beautiful and has done amazing things for me as is!
It is LOYAL too. #allbodiesarebeautiful
Author: Thulisa Mkhencele