Pretty eyes and thick thighs.
Don’t you hate that feeling when you’re getting ready to go out and all you can think about (aka worry about) is how much weight you’ve gained? You spent an hour on your makeup, painstakingly contouring the chipmunk out of your cheeks. Then you spent another hour on your hair, adding height and volume to somehow prove that your body is comparatively smaller than your hair.
You go into your closet and pull out your control top Spanx, and your blousiest blouse. The one that clings to your bosom but flares out beneath, hiding those extra holiday pounds. You reach in and grab your favorite good-butt skinny jeans. You pull them up slowly and indelicately thinking, “I should have let these air dry — clearly they shrunk a little bit in the dryer“.
You pull the button toward the hole with all of your might! But it is of no use — your jeans aren’t going to button today. You officially gained weight.This has happened to all of us at one point or another. We have all “fallen off” our diets or “missed a couple of days” at the gym. We ate too much between Thanksgiving and the new year, partied too hard on our birthdays. We let our lives get in the way of our goal weight.
It can feel very sad and discouraging when we gain weight — especially when we work so hard year-round to lose weight and shed pounds. Worrying so much about gaining weight can make us feel ugly and worthless. It makes us feel like failures.
But not anymore. We live in the age of body positivity. We live in the age of Lizzo and Ashley Graham. These women teach us that we are beautiful at any size. They teach us that it is more important to enjoy lives than to shed an extra couple of pounds.
Go out and have a drink with your girlfriends! Have an extra piece of cake! Don’t be afraid to celebrate holidays with your family, birthdays with your friends, weekdays with your lovers and every day by yourself! Don’t stop enjoying your life in the pursuit of thigh-gappiness.
Here is a list of the best honest and most relatable quotes about gaining weight to help you celebrate those extra pounds and learn to love your body as-is.
1. Cheers to the curvy girls!
“I’m gaining weight the right way: I’m drinking beer.” —Johnny Damon
2. Selena Gomez gained weight and looks amazing!
“I did gain weight, but I don’t care.” —Selena Gomez
3. Love yourself, people will follow.
“So when it comes to being a role model to women, I think it’s because of the way that I feel about myself, and the way that I treat myself. I am a woman, I treat myself with respect and I love myself, and I think that if I’m holding myself to certain esteem and keeping it real with myself, then that’s going to translate to people like me.” —Lizzo
4. Confidence comes from within.
“Just about anybody is a big girl in a small world but you gotta believe it on the inside, that you can be bigger than the rest of it.” —Lizzo
5. Empower yourself by empowering others.
“So every time I rap about being a big girl in a small world it’s doing a couple of things: it’s empowering my self-awareness, my body image, and it’s also making the statement that we are all bigger than this, we’re a part of something bigger than this, and we should live in each moment knowing that.” —Lizzo
6. Beauty isn’t one dimensional.
“There is no one standard definition of beauty or one perfect size.” —Ashley Graham
7. Let go of social expectations.
“I felt free, once I realized I was never going to fit the narrow mold that society wanted me to fit in.” —Ashley Graham
8. Show ‘em what you’re working with!
“I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too. There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt.” —Ashley Graham
9. First thing you gotta change is your mind.
“In order to effect change in your life, you have to start by first accepting yourself for who you are right now. That is the only way to get to the place you want to be.” —Chrissy Metz
10. You don’t look good when you’re uncomfortable.
“You look much better when you’re comfy.” —Melissa Mccarthy
11. You’ve got to get your mind right.
“My whole journey had been getting to the place where I can accept myself for who I am, to be the woman that I’m meant to be.” —Chrissy Metz
12. If people don’t like what you look like, who cares?
“I’ve never felt like I needed to change. I’ve always thought, ‘If you want someone different, pick someone else.” —Melissa Mccarthy
13. Love who you are — inside and out.
“Confidence is the ability to feel beautiful without needing someone to tell you.” —Unknown
14. Let yourself get carried away.
“Once you have accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” —Unknown
15. You’ve only got one body, you might as well love every part of it.
“I longed to love this frame that was projected towards me. I continued staring. This was me, my body, and it was mine.” —Malebo Sephodi
16. Don’t be afraid to enjoy your food.
“There is no competition because nobody can be me.” —Unknown
17. Eat as much as you want.
“Life is too short for fake butter, cheese or people.” —Unknown
18. Take the time to get to know yourself.
“I think that women who know who they are, are beautiful.” —Demi Lovato
19. Love your body.
“Eyes closed, feet dancing their way toward the pond, she was her own music, her body her favorite thing she’d ever owned.” —Tahereh Mafi
20. Why fight your body when you can love it?
“Real women are fat. And thin. And both, and neither and otherwise.” —Hanne Blank
21. Love your body.
“Nothing is more heroic than loving without shame.” —S.A. Borders-Shoemaker
22. Own your magic.
“Your body. Your diet. Your life. It isn’t perfect. It never will be. But it’s real. It’s honest. It’s beautifully flawed. And totally magical.” —Nicola Jane Hobbs
23. You exist inside of your body, so you might as well like it.
“I have a body, but I am not my body. I have a face, but I am not my face.” —Iyanlia Vanzant
24. Don’t waste your time wishing you were someone else.
“To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.” —Sven Goran Eriksson
25. Your beauty lies in your joy.
“Happy girls, are the prettiest girls” —Audrey Hepburn
26. Live your best life and stop obsessing over your weight.
“I’d drive myself nuts if I were [obsessed with body image]. I am who I am, and I just don’t have a bikini body, I don’t even have a one-piece any more. The messages we send to ourselves and to other women, what we relay to our children, those messages have to be based on reality.” — Drew Barrymore
27. Don’t compare yourself to who you were before.
“I can’t even smoke-and-mirrors the Cindy from my twenties anymore. And that’s okay.” — Cindy Crawford
28. Let other, more important, things take priority in your life.
“My weight? It is what it is. You could get hit by a bus tomorrow. It’s about being content. And sometimes other priorities win.” — Melissa McCarthy
29. Stop wasting your energy on hate.
“You can’t hate yourself happy. You can’t criticize yourself thin. You can’t shame yourself worthy. Real change begins with self-love and self-care.” — Jessica Ortner
30. Allow yourself to be happy.
“To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.” — Alan Cohen
31. Embrace change.
“If we make self-love or body acceptance conditional, the truth is, we will never be happy with ourselves. The reality is that our bodies are constantly changing, and they will never remain exactly the same. If we base our self-worth on something as ever-changing as our bodies, we will forever be on the emotional roller coaster of body obsession and shame.” — Chrissy King
32. We all have to choose our battles.
“So the question is, which boulder are you going to choose to roll? The ‘must lose weight’ boulder or the ‘f— you I will boldly, defiantly accept the body I’ve got and LIVE IN IT’ boulder?” — Kate Harding
33. You are all kinds of beautiful.
“Girls of all kinds can be beautiful – from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing and all in between. It’s not easy though because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box…Think outside of the box…Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.” — Tyra Banks
34. Everyone has body image issues.
“I definitely have body issues, but everybody does. When you come to the realization that everybody does that – even the people that I consider flawless – then you can start to live with the way you are.” — Taylor Swift
35. You have a perfect bikini body.
“To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini – put it on and stay strong.” — Jennifer Love Hewitt
36. Learn to love your extra pounds.
“I have learned more and more to enjoy my body when I have a few extra pounds on, just being more voluptuous. I say, focus on the body part that you feel most comfortable about.” — Fergie
37. Be yourself.
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
38. Learn to love feeling beautiful.
“I’ve never felt more beautiful. I love my body.” — Amy Schumer
39. Stop trying so hard to be small and instead take up as much space as you can.
“Being size zero is a career in itself so we shouldn’t try and be like them. It’s not realistic and it’s not healthy.” — Rihanna
40. You are not sample size.
“I am not a sample size, and I am okay with that.” — Jordin Sparks
41. You don’t look like everyone else.
“Since I don’t look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that. To be different. But different is good.” — Serena Williams
42. So what if you have cellulite?
“I might have a little bit of cellulite. I might not be toned everywhere. I might struggle in this area or that. But accepting that just empowers me.” — Kim Kardashian
43. Baby bellies are beautiful.
“I have a crumble baby belly, boobs are worse for wear after two kids…I’m doing all right. I’m 33. I don’t look in the mirror and go, “Oh, I look fantastic!”. Of course, I don’t. Nobody is perfect. I just don’t believe in perfection. But I do believe in saying, “This is who I am and look at me not being perfect!”. I’m proud of that.” — Kate Winslet
44. Flaunt what you’ve got.
“I love my body. It’s what God gave me.” — Kate Upton
45. You are supposed to look this way.
“God made a very obvious choice when he made me voluptuous; why would I go against what he decided for me? My limbs work, so I’m not going to complain about the way my body is shaped.” — Drew Barrymore
46. You are not a mistake.
“You are not a mistake. You are not a problem to be solved. But you won’t discover this until you are willing to stop banging your head against the wall of shaming and caging and fearing yourself.” — Geneen Roth
47. Embrace your imperfections.
“I’m imperfect. The imperfections are there. People are going to see them, but I take the view you only live once.” — Kate Hudson
48. Celebrate your body.
“I guess my mom raised me right. She was very celebratory of her body. I never heard her once say “I feel fat”. Back when I was modeling, the first time I went to Italy, I was having cappuccinos every day, and I gained 15 pounds. And I felt gorgeous! I would take my clothes off in front of the mirror and be like “Oh, I look like a woman”. And I felt beautiful, and I never tried to lose it, because I loved it.” — Christina Hendricks
49. Be proud of every curve and every pound.
“I think that whatever size or shape body you have, it’s important to embrace it and get down! The female body is something that’s so beautiful. I wish women would be proud of their bodies and not diss other women for being proud of theirs!” — Christina Aguilera
50. Stop wasting your time and start loving yourself.
“How much time have I wasted on diets and what I look like? Take your time and your talent and figure out what you have to contribute to this world. And get over what the hell your butt looks like in those jeans!” — America Ferrera