I was the first to arrive at our coffee shop for Caffiene with Friends. Relieved because it meant that I had a few more minutes to read a book that I simply did not want to put down. A book that I could’ve read in one sitting if I didn’t have pesky kids demanding food or a job that demanded my attendance.
I got a few more quality material pages in before one of the friends arrived. She looked at me, rolled her eyes, and said, “Please don’t tell me you think you’re fat.”
“What?!” as I stuffed another bite of bagel in my carb loving mouth. She pointed to my book. I giggled. See the irresistible book I was reading is Brittany Gibbons, Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in Your Skin…Every Inch of It.
Do not let the title fool you people, please. Brittany Gibbons’ humor, struggles, victories, and overall kick-butt brave truth- telling has no weight limit to enjoy, bond with, and read the crap out of.
Granted I couldn’t relate to her early blooming (I was too busy Judy Blooming with I must increase my bust chants and stuffing my bra), or her inability to find things to flatter her size 18 body (I can still buy some of my clothes in the Target Girls section),but this book isn’t about losing weight, it’s all about loving your weight whatever that weight may be and life lessons beyond the scale.
See Brittany Gibbons of the ever-popular nationally known blog BrittanyHerself is not just a curvy girl advocate, nope she’s a body acceptance advocate. As the word goddess herself said, “ Fat women do not have a monopoly on hating their bodies.” Through her laugh out loud and sometimes painful memoirs, Brittany continues a much needed conversation – how to love oneself.
How to love yourself and embrace your body, how to love your mind through anxiety and breakdowns, how to love your spirit even when it leads you in the wrong direction, how to love your husband through the ups and downs, why you should make other women your cheerleaders instead of your enemies, how to love the crap out of yourself as a woman and how to own your journey. From taping her privates shut (I know right?), failed lesbianism, career blind dates, striping down to a bikini in Times Square, to celebrating her blog and ultra-successful book release, Gibbons has definitely had one heck of a journey thus far. The stories are told in such a relatable, comical, accepting way you can’t help but make Brittany Gibbons your “It Girl” for if you could be friends with anyone who would it be question.
I laughed. I cried. I cheered. I wanted to give pep talks. I learned what Ben Wa Balls were. I felt stronger for reading this book. I felt more vulnerable for reading this book. I felt so many things because Brittany Gibbon’s shared the depth of her soul in this book, and for that I am forever grateful as a reader and a fan.
So you see it is not a chubby girl thing, Fat Girl Walking is for anyone who believes that empowering and loving others begin with empowering and loving yourself. Brittany Gibbons isn’t starting a fat girl movement she is starting a woman movement, a community movement, no a people’s movement. Won’t you come join it?
ps- If you don’t take my word for it, Gibbons’ Fat Girl Walking happens to be #1 on Amazon and #13 on New York Times Best Seller List, so yeah there’s that too. So check it out yourself.