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Tell Them About FA & Get An Upslap!


I suddenly came into a wee bit o’ the cash (What the heck is that?) and stopped by my local Avenue store to see what they had on clearance/etc. I found a couple of cute as hell (IMHO) tees and since they were buy one get the 2nd 50% off, I went ahead and indulged. Man, it’s been a looooong time! Anywhoo, I was chatting with the gal at the register (wish I had asked her name) and we were sharing retail/nanny horror stories and then I chimed in with something bitchy about being my own boss and she seemed interested in the cafe and then I mentioned the fat meet up there and I was like, “Yeah, it’s a meet up…for fat people!” and she gave me the biggest smile and high-five and you know what? That felt fucking awesome! I told her about the fat clothing swap in S.F. on Sunday and asked if she’s ever heard about fat acceptance…she had not, so I gave her my info. I am so hoping that she hits me up. She was so nice. Honestly? The nicest gal to ever help me in that particular Avenue store. Usually they are hella grouchy in there.

This brief interaction reminded me of why I do this. Why I am so positive and upbeat in my great fatness. Fat acceptance has helped me so much in improving my own body image as well as improving my life overall. If I can get this same message to one person who would never have known about it otherwise? Well, that’s enough for me! Often when I tell people about FA I get a confused look or the typical nose scrunchy face. I think that those in particular make me feel weird about bringing it up. I had such an opportunity the other day, too, but I let it go. Ugh! But this lady was allllllllrrriiiiiiight! I will think of her the next time the subject or opportunity presents itself again. Woo!

10 Comments to

“Tell Them About FA & Get An Upslap!”

  1. On April 7th, 2011 at 4:59 am Dee Says:

    Oh, that is such an awesome story. You just cheered me up, too!

  2. On April 7th, 2011 at 8:13 am Not Blue at All Says:

    I’m so glad it cheered you up. Hope you have a fabulous day! =0)

  3. On April 7th, 2011 at 8:40 am jery Says:

    That’s a wonderful story. Congrats on the upslap! But, what’s IMHO? hahaha.

  4. On April 7th, 2011 at 8:45 am Not Blue at All Says:

    OMZ! You amaze me…”Upslap” shall forever replace “high-five” from now on! In My Honest Opinion (IMHO). Sorry, I try not to use too much web-slang. Ha! I used to always have to look up acronyms on urban dictionary. Thank you for asking and for the new word! LOVE IT!!!

  5. On April 7th, 2011 at 9:10 am Shaunta Says:

    I think about this a lot. The idea that we can be FA missionaries or ambassadors–each in the way that works for us. You rock!

  6. On April 7th, 2011 at 9:21 am Not Blue at All Says:

    Yes! And I hate that I hold back a lot even approaching the subject. Thank you!!!

  7. On April 7th, 2011 at 1:56 pm Allison Says:

    I did the same thing the other day at Lane Bryant! The salesgirl was super friendly and we were complimenting each other to the point where I told her about the swap, but when I called it “Fat”shion, she got a little weirded out. Hopefully she comes though. It was one of the first times I’ve tried to be like, “publicly fat” or whatever, proud and super stoked to meet other fats.

  8. On April 7th, 2011 at 1:57 pm Not Blue at All Says:

    Oh my gosh! Good for you! *upslap* Doesn’t matter the outcome, you stepped a bit outside your comfort zone and who knows what good things will come of it! Rock on!

  9. On April 17th, 2011 at 8:12 am Nicole Says:

    Yay! Good for you.

    I’ve made a few mentions of FA to people but I don’t think anything that has stuck. I need a pocket Sarah! One hurdle I’ve discovered is my prolific use of the word FAT when talking about fat bodies, my own or others. And a lot of people still find it offensive, yet it comes out of my mouth automatically. Oopsie.

    Actually, a woman was asking me about where I got my clothes several months ago on BART. In conversation, I mentioned the fat meet up and suggested she join us. I got the flabbergasted, “… what, me? Fat?” reaction.

    The fatty club is something to be proud of! Not denied!

  10. On April 18th, 2011 at 7:51 am Not Blue at All Says:

    I see nothing wrong with those reactions, actually. Because I can sometimes play off of their “What? Me? Fat?” type of mindset with, “But don’t you wanna be healthy? You can’t get healthy hating your body!” Ha-ha! I guess I’m not making fast friends this way, but I have changed some minds. I’m all for sharing this big fat club with everyone, ya know? Ha!

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