Ich liebe die Deutschen!!!!!
OK so like any other fattie out there, I have image issues. You know the kind - you have fat days where you don't want to get out of bed, and days where you don't feel too bad about yourself but still wear the tent that gives you comfort because it hides your curves.
And all the other days inbetween.
Twice a year, I defy myself and spend a week in a lovely German Spa town called Aachen. The Germans have this thing about bathing costumes. They think they are unhygenic. And so most of these spas keep their good stuff (like saunas and thermal pools) as a no-clothing area.
Now most of us would run screaming at the prospect. Not me! I face my demons to temper the self-loathing that comes naturally for the rest of the year. I strip off, German-style!! And you know what?
Every shape and size frequent these spas. And they are there for health reasons. And to relax. And no-one is looking at me, the dimples in my arse, or the rolls around my middle. The cross-section of people would amaze you. Because you can't be judged by the clothes you wear, the car you drive, the job you hold - it's just people. It's utter freedom.
I've spent the last 8 hours without a stitch on in thermal pools, ice baths, saunas, hammams, lazing in front of a big log fire with like minded people, feeling totally relaxed. Now that I'm back at my hotel, I feel rejuvenated and energised. Plus I'm feeling frisky ;) Tonight, I own this body and am not ashamed to use it!!
You should give it a try sometime. By embracing something that would ordinarily scare the cr@p out of me (nudity) I've empowered myself. It may not last, but I'm going to enjoy it while I can. I LOVE THE GERMANS!!!!!