Saturday, August 17, 2013
Let me start by saying that I'm glad there's a shift from thin bodies to fit bodies in our beauty culture. I'm glad we have new goals of playing with our kids or running your first 5k without stopping. But I think that we still are striving to be someone we are not. We want to be somebody better, somebody who is not this person that we are right now. And that's where the trick lies: we have to be able to love who we are while striving for something more.
We have to start using the word "enough". I am enough, I have enough, I've done enough for today.
If my weight never changes and my stomach still sags and I still have thighs that rub holes into my jeans I will love myself. Because I will be doing all the things I already am. I will be biking and I will be running and I will be dancing and I will eat green things and lift heavy objects and live beautifully.
Here is an article from The Huffington Post about an open apology to weight loss clients from a former trainer. It got me thinking about how we motivate ourselves with starvation, shame and caring what others think. We have a real weight problem in America, but let's not confuse it with worth.