Oprah doesn’t have it figured out

Oprah doesn’t have it figured out.

I first saw this sentiment on a blog post I landed on somewhere when I went down the internet rabbit hole, presumably doing research but in reality doing some procrastination perfection.

It appeared again this week while reading Lauren Graham’s memoir “Talking As Fast As I Can.”

Her memoir is best described as a collection of breezy essays with a healthy dose of sarcastic wit. Early in the book, Graham discusses diet secrets of the stars, or more aptly mocks diet secrets and saves readers thousands of dollars by telling them what every diet comes down to: eat less, move more.

Then she drops this piece of knowledge of us:

Plus, I think it should be against the law to feel down on yourself regarding any issue Oprah is still working on, and OPRAH IS STILL WORKING ON THIS ISSUE. She has rubbed elbows with heads of state and every celebrity in the universe, opened a school in Africa among other accomplishments, made millions of dollars, and helped scores of people live a better life, but, but her own admission, she is still working on diet-related topics. So to sum up: let’s all chillax.

Let’s let this sink in for a moment.

Oprah doesn’t have it figured out.

Oprah has access to all the resources in the world. Not only does she have the money to buy whatever she could need, people I’m sure would be falling all over themselves to assist Oprah because, well, it’s Oprah. But her weight has been up and down during her public life. She’s lost weight, gained it back, lost it again and now is a spokesperson for Weight Watchers with an intention to be healthy not skinny. (Yes, Oprah! I love you.)

Body image is a difficult subject. Do we talk about it to show that we all have hang-ups and all wish our bodies looked different or at least more like the people we see on TV and in the movies? Or does talking about it only perpetuate negative body image and demonstrate for the younger generation that it’s normal to hate on your body?

The topic has been a struggle for me at times throughout my adult life. But in 2017 here is what I’m aiming for: perspective and body acceptance.

I can’t change some of the things about my body. This means as I weight train and gain power in my legs, which makes me strong both physically and mentally, it becomes increasingly difficult to find a pair of jeans which fits and flatters me.

This is not my problem. This is not a personal defect. This is a void in the fashion industry, or potentially in my knowledge of where to buy kick-ass jeans that don’t cut off my circulation above the knee. Either way, my strength is not the issue.

And when my self-talk starts to tilt toward the negative I have this forceful mantra at the ready:

Oprah doesn’t have it figured out.

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