I came across an interesting blog by Suzie Spitfyre, a blogger on the Victoria Times Colonist website (timescolonist.com). I felt compelled to comment on not only her current health-motivated endeavours, but (of all things) her tagline.

Part of it states that she is “…just another fat girl trying to get healthy”

She could have said “…just another fat girl trying to lose weight, or get thinner”, but by utilizing a well-placed adjective, healthy, she eloquently articulates several things about herself right from the get go.

She demonstrates a balanced view of herself
A person who is acutely aware of her physical (and by extension I would say emotional and spiritual) well-being. She shows her understanding of being a part of a society that on the one hand unrealistically demands perfection as far as others see us, while at the same time making it easy for us to “let go” of ourselves; whether through blatant advertising or by the inherent deception of conglomerates that seek to make exorbitant profits on our innate weaknesses.

She is not your standard archetype
She is honest and courageous in her missives, but I feel we only get a glimpse of her true motivations, because being honest with oneself can be infinitely more difficult than being honest with an anonymous public. She is above stereotyping or being stereotyped and she has a healthy (pun intended) perspective on how she is perceived by others. And the really cool thing is that she seems to be able to hold her own when it comes to debunking the banal “fat-centric” rhetoric that at times is so pervasive.

She is both self-effacing and in your face
“OMG, what if I don’t have a pretty face?”

This being the name of her blog, which also causes the term “Laughing at oneself” to spring to mind. Could it be that she probably goes even further by “Laughing with herself”, thereby demonstrating a deeper level of security that I am sure is not easily come by?

Let us not for one moment fool ourselves into thinking that personal challenges, whether self-induced or thrust upon us unexpectedly, do not have a powerful impact on us emotionally or physically. We all have our moments of doubt and uncertainty; especially if we choose to share personal and sometimes challenging experiences with friends and acquaintances, much less with virtual strangers. Even so, with subtle, yet astute aplomb, she handles endemic preconceived notions others may have.

She is funny
I do not know Suzie personally, and I can only go by what she has written, but I would not be surprised if she is hilarious in person! Even so, if you have the capacity to laugh with, or at yourself, then naturally there has to be some element of humour involved.

1 Cor 9:27 – I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.