If only I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen a magazine at the store with the headline “Lose Ten Pounds By Bikini Season” in bold print…. It seems that the message that society is sending to the general population is that we all need to look like the models in the photoshoots with the studio lighting who have hair and makeup teams to hide their flaws. Why isn’t there a media representation out there of a regular girl or a regular guy? The one who occasionally eats an entire package of oreos in one sitting or who counts their sprint to catch the bus as their sweat session for the day?
Everybody has struggled with their weight at some point in their life, which is why the fitness industry is so powerful and has been for so many years. As omnipresent as it seems to be, if you don’t give it the power to affect you, it won’t be able to affect you.
It’s my personal philosophy that you should live your life at a healthy point of existence. What I mean by this is that you should always listen to your body and adapt a generally healthy lifestyle where you are feeding your system with healthy, whole foods and staying active. If you feel sluggish, eat a large salad and drink more water. If you limbs feel tight, go for a run or stretch before you head to bed. Staying active doesn’t mean that you have to run five miles on a treadmill every day. Go on walks around your neighborhood, chase your dog in the backyard for an hour, or bike instead of drive once in a while. You don’t have to be on your game at every moment of every day, and having one cookie isn’t going to ruin your life, but you should understand that how you treat your body in the short-term will effect your health in the long-term.
Look at a picture of yourself from three years ago, were you happy then? Are you happy now? Why not? I came to this realization recently as I saw a picture of myself from my freshman year of college when I was probably ten pounds lighter than I am now but dramatically less happy with my life. Being happy isn’t based on how much you weigh or on how fast you can run the mile, it’s based upon how your view yourself.
Embrace your flaws and show gratitude for the beautiful body that you have been given. “Swimsuit season” doesn’t mean that you have to trade in your current body for one that looks better in a two-piece, it means that the weather is nicer so you should spend more time outside, reveling at this beautiful world and trying to find your place within it.
Thanks for reading! Thanks for existing! You are beautiful.