While Glamour magazine isn’t considered a legitimate news source in my book, they came out with a new poll that was shocking (and sad).
71% of women feel fat. But only 46% percent surveyed were medically considered overweight.
That brings me to ask, will we ever overcome our body issues? Will we ever love ourselves for who we are RIGHT NOW?
When will I be satisfied with my body?
When will I stop looking for parts of my body to “improve?” I lost 100 freaking pounds and that’s still not good enough? But good enough for whom?
I want there to be a day when as women we can love ourselves and each other for who we are. Stop comparing ourselves to someone who is skinnier, a faster runner, someone who has awesome abs and wears a size 2. Women especially can be so catty and critical of each other when we should be supporting each other.
These unattainable goals of waifdom are unrealistic and unhealthy. Somewhere in the timeline our brains got confused. A woman’s beauty was judged on her plumpness. A Rubenesque woman was considered beautiful. Why?
Curvaceous women were considered good breeders, healthy potential mothers, and wealthy. They could afford rich food. They weren’t gaunt and poor.
Did you know that Marilyn Monroe would be considered “fat” if she was alive today?
Start your own revolution. Change your thinking:
- When the negative self-talk rears it’s ugly head–“I hate my body” and “I feel so fat”– list three things about your body that you LOVE.
- STOP DIETING. Instead, change your lifestyle. It’s so much healthier than obsessing about a fad diet. Changing your bad habits into healthy habits really does make a difference. It will change the way you think about things. It will inspire you to seek out other ways to be healthy.
- Stop reading magazines like Marie-Claire, Glamour, Cosmo. Who needs it? Do they add an value to your life? Or do they just make you feel Not Good Enough?
- Start a weight lifting routine. I wish I had started one years ago. I wish an injury hadn’t been the thing to push me to do it. I feel so amazing after lifting weights. I feel strong, athletic and like I can do anything.
- If you’re actively trying to lose weight honor yourself and how amazing your body is instead of thinking of how you want to banish the “fat.” Your body is amazing in it’s ability to transform!
People of any size can be fit. Just check out Skinny Emmie for proof! She goes to Spin class, does yoga, dances, and works out with a personal trainer on a regular basis. That’s awesome! She’s doing it! She’s fit!
In my opinion, this is a gorgeous woman:
Amazing curves. She’s beautiful at any size.
This post is to say that each and every one of you add value to the world. You’re each beautiful in your unique way and don’t let anyone tell you different (even if it’s yourself telling you that). How is your world beautiful?
Now it’s your turn.
1. Tell me someone you admire, someone who is fit and fabulous no matter what they weigh.
2. Tell me a part of your body that you love, no matter what you weigh.