Bodies, let’s talk about them. We were blessed with these amazing vessels that hold all of the things that allow us to function better than any man made machine. So why do so many people have such dislike for them?
The media and Hollywood have been blamed for body issues, especially in women, as long as I can remember. I’m not really into blaming others for our own insecurities, we’re adults, own your feelings. If you’re comparing yourself to an image of someone who is paid to look a certain way, and who you know has had some photo-shopping, that’s on you.
I think most people wish they had a particular body type or looked a certain way, that’s OK, it’s not OK to hate the body you have. We’re all shaped differently, just as we all have different facial features, different opinions, different personalities, these are the things that make us wonderful and unique. It would make for a pretty boring world if we were all cut from the same mold. The fact is, we all are genetically predisposed to having a certain “shape”. You can probably look at family members and have a pretty good idea of what that shape is – although this is not always true, most of the time we are similar in shape to at least one family members. It’s called genetics and you can’t change it.
What you can change is your attitude and how you feel about and treat you body. If you feed your body soda, cheetos and pizza on a regular basis and live a sedentary life, you can expect to have excess body fat. If you feed that same body nutritious, whole foods and exercise regularly, your body will fall into a healthy size and shape – for YOU! This doesn’t always look the same for everyone. I know people who would be referred to as “skinny-fat”, they look skinny/thin on the outside but on the inside their bodies are not functioning optimally and they do not have strong bones and muscles. On the other hand there are a lot of people who are much larger on the outside, but are strong and healthy. It’s co cliche, but you can’t judge a book by its cover.
Think about how your body looks on the inside, not about a thigh gap or a particular size. Control the things you can control and let the chips fall where they may. Eat nutritious, whole foods, exercise for a strong heart and body, then let nature take it’s course. Don’t worry about looking like someone else or having whatever body type is “in” at the moment, celebrate a healthy, strong body. Do your best to take care of the vessel you’ve been given and move on, there is so much more to life than the number on the scale!