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Inspiration in Popular Media

Monday, August 13, 2012

I subscribe to a healthy number of blogs that I read on a regular basis, and one of them led me to this post, titled "Real Beauty vs. the World's Beauty":
. Feel free to read it if you like, but it's not necessary (although it's a good read for anybody with daughters).

I was struck by the second paragraph, which I'll quote here:

"I was going to add a picture to this post. I Googled "thin supermodels" because I wanted to be fair. I knew if I Googled "anorexic supermodels" I'd get an unfairly skinny assortment of girls. What I found was still shocking and it made me sad. I found girls who have traded health and vitality for a super skinny body."

I decided to do the same thing, so I could know what she saw, and the results were astonishing. (Go ahead and do the Google. I'll wait.) If you didn't do the Google, the results that come up aren't just shocking, they are horrific: image after image of emaciated women who are glorified for their literal skin-and-bones appearance.

But ... there was one image that spoke to me, nestled amongst these images of ridiculous faux-beauty:

(Here's another link to the pic, which is bigger and easier to read:

This is what it says:

"My butt is Big
and round like the letter C
and ten thousand lunges
has made it rounder
but not smaller
and that’s just fine.
It’s a space heater
for my side of the bed
it's my embassador
to those who walk behind me
it’s a border collie
that herds skinny women
away from the best deals
at clothing sales.
My butt is big
and that's just fine
and those who might scorn it
are invited to kiss it.
Just do it."

Reading the text, this photo literally SPEAKS to me. I know it's just an ad ... but to me, it reads like poetry, a love song to her body. This woman, SHE is the real beauty on this page. She is curvy, strong, and confident. She works hard and tests her personal boundaries every day. She's my inspiration. I want to be like her.

Her picture is now the background on my phone - so I have a constant reminder of what I'm working towards. When things get tough and my dedication wavers, I can look at this and see what I can achieve. If she can do it, so can I.
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    From the 1st link, this pop up to me:
    " The point is that our bodies are miracles--plain and simple. They weren't given to us for the purpose of looking "hot" or "sexy." Their primary purpose isn't to be a certain weight or size. Our body's purpose is to house our spirit, to give us experiences and lessons that require a physical body. They are to help us learn patience and self-mastery. "

    Whether you are naturally curvy or skinny, be happy with your body, we only have one for each person and everyone is unique. You can enhance or improve it but no suffering!
    1864 days ago
    Aw, thanks, Andrews_Mom! I hope that posting regularly will help me keep to my goals. If I'm every feeling discouraged in the future, I can come back here and see my progress, how far I've come, and the encouragement of others like you :)

    And if, in the process, my blog can encourage others, that's awesome, too!
    1865 days ago
    Thanks for posting this!! I love this blog and I LOVE the photo you included!
    The woman is gorgeous, super fit & love the attitude to go with it!
    I am certainly NEVER going to be skinny (and my butt will always be too big for my liking) BUT if I can tone & look like that I will be one happy girl!! emoticon
    I'll take curvy over skinny any day!!
    Thanks again for posting!
    1865 days ago
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