It’s winter here in Florida finally! And by winter I mean 50 degrees. You better believe I’m sporting my North Face in style today
Might I add it always seems to get chilly just before my birthday? I absolutely love it. It puts me in such a great mood!
This brisk fall morning started with a 5:45 a.m. spin class followed by some eggs and a delicious bowl of oats. I devoured it before I could snap a photo, but it was pumpkin inspired since it finally feels like fall:
Cinnamon Pumpkin Oats
- 1/3 cup oats
- Heaping tbsp. pumpkin
- Heaping tbsp. almond butter
- Maple syrup
I quickly rushed to get dressed for work and found something interesting: my pants don’t fit me anymore. It’s been quite some time since I’ve worn jeans and guess what? They’re loose now! This is a good/bad thing; I don’t really want to lose any weight and I definitely don’t want to buy a new wardrobe.
While we’re on the subject of weight, let’s chat about the perception versus reality.
We often don’t see ourselves the way others see us.
It’s obvious we’re constantly bombarded with images of what we “should” look like via the media. We see supermodels on the covers of magazines and idolize the physiques of fitness competitors. “I do everything she does! Why don’t I look like that?!”
This weekend, I had quite the reality check. I was working an international athletic event on Saturday that incorporated boat rowing. I saw people from ALL over the world — all different shapes, sizes and colors. It was a humbling experience to say the least. And then I noticed something else. Not ONE person had a “perfect” body. (What is a perfect body anyway?)
Realizing not everyone has this “supermodel” physique was quite freeing. I never really though about it before Saturday, but honestly how often do we see Candice Swanepoles walking around? And really, they’re normal people who deal with the same stresses and body image issues… just like us.
I tend to LOVE the imperfections in people. I notice little quirks because I think they make people even more lovable. Or dogs. See: Cocoa’s snaggle tooth. That’s what really sold me
Let’s stop thinking that this “ideal” body is so realistic. Fitness magazines make it seem like people walk down the street with no cellulite (after completing their no-fail “BLAST FAT FOREVER IN 5 MINUTES” programs, of course). The media makes it seem like the norm is to have a thigh gap, strong legs, toned muscles, minimal cellulite, large breasts (women), broad shoulders, perfect makeup, awesome hair — ALL AT THE SAME TIME.
Just take a moment to look around today. Not ONE PERSON has all those things. Not. One. Let’s all start loving whatever we’re uncomfortable with.
We’re all normal and beautiful, no matter the shape or size. Let’s embrace our quirks that make us, us!
[Of Possible Interest:]
Cindy Crawford Stuggles With Body Image <– See! They deal with the same issues we do.
Weight, Size and Media Lies: The Numbers Don’t Add Up via Beauty Redfined
Why We Don’t See Ourselves as Others Do via Discovery News