Let me start with an apology about the rant I’m about to go on. I promise if you bear with me it’ll all make sense by the time you finish reading this post.
I’ll be honest, I used to think being fit was directly proportional to the numbers on the scale. The skinnier I was, the better and more fit I felt. Now that I’m a little (okay, a lot) older, my perception has changed. I’m not as driven by the scale, and as a matter of fact, I no longer own a scale. I’ve come to appreciate that being fit is about how you feel inside which is then reflected outside. I’m taking a more holistic approach to how I live nowadays.
Now it’s more about what brings me joy, who brings me joy, who I can create lasting memories with, and how much peace I have in my life. Are the experiences I have stretching me or stressing me? I understand not all stress is bad, rather it’s more about where do my boundaries lie with the amount of bad stress I allow or respond to. That doesn’t mean I no longer care about how I fit in my clothes though. You see when I was heavier I didn’t feel good about myself. But it wasn’t because I was heavier, that was just a symptom of other things that were going on in my life and I was just using food to escape.
If you’re anything like me, at some point you’ve bought into the images and accompanying articles you see in magazines. You know the ones I’m referring to, the ones that have these types of headlines on the cover-
Shed 10 Pounds Fast!
Get Your Dream Body!
How to be a Slimmer and Happier You!
These headlines suggest in not such subtle terms that something must be wrong with you, right? I think this approach completely negates that we’re more than just physical forms. Rather, we’re beings encased in bodies. We are the sum of our spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional perceptions and experiences and shouldn’t the narrative encompass all of this?
Look, the media does a fantastic job making us feel like we should be a certain size to be successful (whatever that means). I’m suggesting the dialogue around being fit needs to change or at least broaden.
Have you ever been influenced (positively or negatively) by the images and messages you see on magazine covers?
This officially concludes my rant. Until next time, remember…
P.S. Ladies, are you so used to taking care of everyone else that you end up putting yourself last or neglect yourself entirely? I call that the Wonder Women complex. Join me on Saturdays at 10:00 at Rezults Fitness and put yourself first for a change.
This 30-minute workout focuses on your butt, thighs, and abs. Come for the workout but stay for the camaraderie. You can use these workouts to relieve stress and bond with others. This is a community where we can get to know one another, create friendships, network, and support each other.