Saturday, September 22, 2018


I was reading a national paper last night, and there was an article about an online squabble between Tess Holliday and Piers Morgan.

Now I don't know either of them of course, but it struck a cord with me... cos as ya all know, I've been morbidly obese.

Piers was aghast that a famous magazine was 'celebrating' how amazing/awesome/inspirational a Plus Sized model by the name of Tess Holliday was.

Piers Morgan thought the exact opposite, and he went online to voice his views.

ABOVE: This was the front cover photo in Cosmopolitan magazine.

Now, I sure in hell don't think she's inspiring at all.

Lovely that she thinks she's all that, and is 'happy' with her body. 

But get real!

I've been there, I've felt how goddam horrible it is to be big!  There's NOTHING lovely about it at all.  And as Piers has said, it's NOT healthy.

It's not projecting a healthy physique at all.

Below is an excerpt from the discussion:

Piers: This is very sad,' I tweeted. 'She badly needs better friends, who are going to be more honest with her and explain she is dangerously overweight and should do something about it.'

You replied: (Tess Holliday) ...'The last 2 weeks you've been obsessed with me. Makes me feel like you're almost into thicker girls & too afraid to admit it.'

Piers: OK, well first, I love women of all shapes and sizes.
Second, I'm not obsessed with you, I'm worried about you.
We can keep having a pop at each other on Twitter, and fuel the supposed 'feud' between us.
But ultimately, I'm not criticising you for a bit of social media fun or to score a few cheap points at your expense.
I'm doing it because I genuinely feel you are promoting a very dangerous message, and because I am genuinely concerned that your own life will be in danger if you continue down this path.
If your own friends are telling you that you look 'damn good' in a photo that is so obviously deeply unflattering, then as I said, you need better friends.
A real friend would be telling you what I am telling you.
Tess, the most inspirational thing you could do right now is start to LOSE weight, not put even more on.
Imagine what a powerful message it would send to the millions of other Americans with morbid obesity if you could do what Tom Watson has done?
The bottom line is that there's nothing remotely powerful or inspiring about a 5ft 3in person breaking the scales at 300lbs.
It's just a guaranteed pathway to sickness, misery and possible death.
So I urge you to stop pretending your body is radiating some great 'positive image' to the world.
It's not.
Wake up, shape up and be the brilliant role model you COULD be if you just stopped listening to those fools who want to celebrate your morbid obesity.
You can do it, and I will be the first to salute, and celebrate you if you do.
Kind regards
ABOVE:  There is NOTHING healthy about this girl's body!
And NO ONE can tell me she's 100% happy in her own skin.  I know the misery associated with being so big your life is impacted by it at every turn.

It's all very well being 'politically correct' and not voicing your honest opinion, but today... I decided to put my head on the chopping block.

And I suppose that's where I'll stop.  I just wanted to comment on this, cos it touched me personally.

Today we are expecting Steve, Bex and the kids later on in the day.  

Lacy is going to visit tomorrow to see everyone.
Fingers crossed that goes well, Keera hasn't seen Lacy in over a year.

I'm going to get the housework done first thing this morning, then do more sewing.  I want to have a really good stash of soft toys made,  before the three markets I have booked to attend in October.


ABOVE:  Dog Number 4 done.
On to the next one!

Well!  I'm very surprised on one has shot me down in flames for my opinion on 'Morbidly Obese' models!
Relieved to say the least.

It's been a busy day so far, I've washed and hung outside a total of 4 loads of washing, and done sewing in between.

ABOVE:  I have 5 dolls on the go right now... and hope to have at least one or two finished by the end of the day.

Stew has been flat out in the garden all day!
He's pruned our side of the hedges, with hand clippers as our electric hedge trimmer is dead.
He's also pruned the two olive trees...

ABOVE:  They were far too high, and dense.  So he's given them a good chop back.  I wanted to chop one of them down completely, but he wasn't in favour of that option.

He's now doing some weeding before mowing the lawns.  Poor man, it's such a big section to keep tidy!  

But we do love it.

Steve, Bex and the kids should be here soon, when they arrive I will stop working in the sewing room and take a break and spend time with them.

Family have arrived, it's suddenly noisy!  And I love it.
We have ordered fish 'n' chips for dinner, cos we have both been busy all day.

I'm going to sign off for the night now... catch ya tomorrow.


  1. Jackie8:08 AM

    I agree with you

  2. Looks like you are having alot of fun making those dogs.
    While I have never been obese I care for women all the time who are and it is not healthy in any way shape or form. I have to agree with yours and Piers comments Chris.

  3. I also agree.

  4. I agree with you Ma, and no I'm not just 'kissing ass' I 100% agree with you.

  5. I agree 100%. Of course no one wants to be fat shamed but equally that woman shouldn't show it off like it's great. As you said, it's not.

    Re the dogs... I love the pink one, so cute but I'm not loving the square ears. I'm not sure how else they could be done but to me they just don't look right. Just my opinion, other than they they are totally gorgeous!!

  6. Anonymous12:01 PM

    Hi I don't think she looks good like that either...but I was watching a programme over here in Oz on the ABC called has programmes about health issues this episode was called" Beating Diabetes" is was amazing I wonder if you guys can watch it on iview over there ? it showed a few people who were at risk of diabetes one guy looked great he was 71 kgs, but his viseral fat was more than two sumo wrestlers put together who weighed 130 and 150 kilos respectively, their metabolic rate was far better even though they were classified as morbidly obese. So body shape is not really an indicator of what is going on inside...see if you can watch the program was fantastic...really inspiring...some people are TOFI {thin outside, fat inside} internal fat (viseral) is dangerous compared to external fat (subcutaneous).


  7. I'm on the fence with Tess. I know a lot of bigger people who are very fit with no cholesterol or blood sugar issues. I think it's possible to be overweight and still relatively healthy. Regarding how she feels inside herself? Well, I guess we'll never know. Although I have some plus-size blogger friends who insist they are fine with their looks / shape, so it's up to the individual I suppose. Personally, I wouldn't enjoy being that size, but each to their own... Christy xxx

  8. I have felt this way about actress Melissa McCarthy. (I have to say Melissa's were better cover photos, in my opinion.) I feel the same way when I see very very underweight models too.

  9. LOVE the dogs! You know they just put her on the cover for controversy. I don't know why we need anyone on a cover of a magazine (and who actually still buys magazines?) to be a role mode anyways. The skinny girls are just as unhealthy but on the other end of the eating disorders spectrum.

  10. Oh see you guys tomorrow xx 😊

  11. Trish in NJ6:32 AM

    I agree with you completely. I have a chronic disease and trouble maintaining my weight. I have trouble constantly eating and really can't imagine anyone deliberately doing this to their body for a career. There are other careers. She needs to be around and healthy for her kids.
    You and your husband are doing such a great job to control your diabetes and be healthier. You're to be commended. Hooray both of you.

  12. I totally agree with Peirs. Curvy, round, cuddly. Acceptable. Morbidly obese is NOT. I, too, was morbidly obese. There is nothing remotely positive about it. You can be comfortable in your skin, sure. You can be a positive role model. But you'd be doing much better trying to lose even 40 pounds. Every bit helps. No one expects women to be size 8 stick figures. But this size, just not healthy at all. <3


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