But it's not because I'm thinner. I don't think thin=beautiful. I know many voluptuous women who are stunning, absolutely gorgeous people inside and out! Just because they are not slender or even athletic does not make them unattractive. They are just as attractive as the size 2 girls I know who have amazing self esteem and confidence.
You see, I believe that's exactly what makes you beautiful. Self esteem and self confidence! An "I'm beautiful not because of the size of my jeans but because of the size of my heart" attitude is incredibly attractive and I'm drawn to people who know they are gorgeous and aren't ashamed of it and I find that slowly but surely I'm becoming one of those girls and I think that's why I find myself more attractive now than I was then.
I didn't need to lose 97.6 pounds to be beautiful but I wouldn't have discovered my strength, determination and physical capabilities if I hadn't lost that weight. If I hadn't peeled off the layers pound by pound I wouldn't have discovered the girl hiding under the fat. I would never have known that deep down inside lived an athlete who likes to run and bike and lift weights! I wouldn't have discovered a passion for health and wellness that I plan to pursue by becoming a certified personal trainer. I wouldn't have known it was physically possible to smile as big or as much as I do now if I hadn't taken that weight off.
So I don't believe that I'm more attractive or more beautiful now because I'm smaller, I believe I'm smaller because I allowed myself to discover myself!! The weight loss is a result of me finding me!! My friend summed it up perfectly with a comment she left:
It's so funny Tiffany I've known you forever and when I picture you I only seem to picture you now.... You were incredible and beautiful back then too but you are more you now then ever and I think that's why!
I feel beautiful more days than not and that's the first time in my entire life I've ever felt that way. And it feels good and I deserve to feel good.