I can’t help but notice all the people and blogs talking about body image lately. While I have pretty much kept my thoughts to myself on the topic, I’ve decided to give my input and opinion on the topic. I am currently studying to be a Personal Fitness Trainer and my whole career will be based on helping people achieve their fitness goals. I am constantly seeing and hearing about gals ( and guys, of course) who are working to lose weight, which will be great for me in a few years time when I become certified, but for the timing being, when I cannot actually train anyone, I want to give my input on the subject. I think its great that there are so many gals out there right now who are promoting self-love and acceptance of their body, its size, and shape- this is a very mentally healthy thing. Too many people self-hate, criticize, and feel that they are not good enough- I am guilty of these thoughts and feelings too. I have never been ‘thin’; I was always one of the bigger girls in school ( I hit puberty before anyone else) but I was not overweight, in the true sense of the word, although I was often made to feel like I was. Only recently, have I begun to accept my body shape for what it is- personal and unique to me. In the profession I am heading in to, body image and shape will be the main focus, and many of my peers will be thinner, more muscular, more whatever, than I will, and I’m sure that will be hard to see. I only began working out 2.5 years ago, after a very bad breakup; I knew I was in a rut and needed to do something for myself in order to move forward, so I joined a boot camp and fell in love with working out. I use to be that girl who would do anything to get out of gym class, who was not on any sports teams, who was anything but a jock ( I also think other things were at play though, like not being one of the popular girls, being bullied, not fitting in, etc). Now, my favorite thing to do is work out and when I don’t get to, I feel upset. So, working out and fitness is every important to me…
That being said, I am still not “skinny” or what you would expect me to look like as fitness enthusiast. I struggle with my weight and have a very hard time losing any ( as in, it just does not happen). Despite this, I keep working out, because it makes me feel good. I know I am healthy and significantly more happy. This is where I want to make my main point… it does not matter what your body looks like, so long as you are HEALTHY. That is the most important thing to me. You can be stick thin and very unhealthy. You can be obese and very unhealthy. Do you get me? I think it is great that so many girls are accepting their bodies and are promoting self-love… but are you also being healthy? Truly, are you? When I become a certified personal trainer, it will be my goal to make sure my clients are healthy and happy with their bodies.
I am inspired by all the gals out there who are promoting self acceptance, whether they be plus sized models and pin-up gals, bloggers I follow, or actual celebrities who are not cookie cutters. It has helped me to see that, hey I’m not so bad. It has also helped me to form my own point of view on the matter. I want to be fit and healthy and alive when I am 100 ( well, try to anyway). I’m going to be brutally honest right now… if you are highly obese you are not going to live to be 100 ( or anywhere near that)- that is a plain fact. It is great you are happy and accepting of your body, but I would much rather you be happy, accepting, and alive. So, please for all the people who love you and want you to be around, lets all be healthy and happy. In no way do I advocate extreme dieting, exercise, surgery, or drastic measures, but I do advocate making healthy lifestyle changes to get you on your way. I know that not every body is that same, that some of us have a harder time losing weight than others ( myself included); this means we have to dig deep down inside and acknowledge our bodes true and full potential, which sometimes is not quite where we want to be. I know and understand some people truly do struggle, which makes it harder and more frustrating, but I know if you keep with it, you can and will persevere.
I know this post is a little outside of what I usually post about. I wanted to do it to get you thinking- to evaluate how you feel about yourself, your lifestyle, and your health. I would love for everyone to be happy with their bodies, at the same time as being as healthy and fit as they can be. Please feel free to leave a comment about your thoughts on the topic, how you feel about your health and body, or anything really.