Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Although I know that there are always things that get between a webmasters fingers, but I am slightly discouraged today after reading a few members blogs. I found a message board posting mentioning "thinspiration". I have been addicted to BBC documentaries lately and one of the videos was about pro- anorexic websites encouraging people to become anorexic. Yes, you read that correctly. The term "thinspiration", is associated with these pro-ana websites and am discouraged that spark people would have a blog and people on here that are looking to lose weight and do harm to their bodies. After reading all the blogs from the person, I can see that she is here for the wrong reasons. I hope that by reading other peoples' stories, she will learn that body image is not everything. In addition, winning the Playboy Bunny challenge for the month is not the right path to be lead down.
I want to encourage everyone to stop thinking about losing weight as a goal to be just like your celebrity "hero" but to think about ones' self. I have for months been discouraged when seeing that spark people suggest and gives points for people that make "inspiration" photos. I think that a person that wants to lose weight should learn more about healthy eating and living practices than looking for inspiration outside oneself. There are no celebrity photos on my website for this reason - I'm here for me, not for anyone else.
Let's all today look in the mirror and tell ourselves at least one thing that we love about ourselves. Either if you are just starting out or have lost 100 pounds, you should be thrilled with your success. Just getting on this website means that you love yourself enough to start a new journey for success! Spark People is a wonderful website to learn to live a healthy lifestyle if used properly. The first step is to learn to love yourself.