My Body IssuesAug 29, 2016
We all have them. No matter the size, we all have parts we don’t like about our bodies, and we all have ways of covering those areas up. I once had a friend tell me she hated her armpits! Armpits? Is that even a thing? She proceeded to tell me it’s the reason she doesn’t wear tank tops to workout. Another friend obsesses about her workouts and food intake. She has an incredible body, and yet anytime we go to the beach she says she needs a cover-up over her bathing suit. I have a family member who is super fit and buys clothes two sizes too big because she’s absolutely convinced she's bigger than she actually is. And you know what? I get it. I totally get it.
As a fitness professional, I used to obsess about what other people thought of my body. My obsession dictated my wardrobe and I always had a set of clothes that were my “fat clothes” and my “skinny clothes.” Big baggy hoodies were for when I was feeling “puffy,” and I would never be caught dead in a swimsuit without juicing for the week prior in order to lean out. Dressing was all about having a strategic plan on how to cover up my “problem areas.”
When I turned 30, I weighed less than I ever had in my adult life. My body fat was down to 17%, I was lean, ripped, and faster than I had ever been before. However, I couldn’t see what everyone else saw. People would say, “Jenny you look so good, I’ve never seen you so lean,” and all I ever saw was what still needed to improve. I couldn’t look past my hatred for my shoulders, my stomach, and what's with all that cellulite on the back of my leg!?
Then one day I was walking around the house saying, “I’m so puffy, ugh I just feel so fat, I ate too much last night! Don’t I look puffy?” When my husband finally stopped me and said, “Jenny I don’t know if you’re walking around saying you're puffy because you want me to say you're not, but to be totally honest, you don’t look puffy. It’s really unattractive to watch you walk around disrespecting and hating your body!” He was SO RIGHT!
What if we only talked about the amazing parts of our bodies? Could you imagine if we obsessed about what was great with our bodies instead of what needs to change? So many of us obsess about our workouts, what we eat, and then don’t appreciate what we see in the mirror. I often hear people say, “If I just lost this weight I’d be happy,” but the truth is if you don’t like what you see in the mirror, if you don’t feel comfortable in your own skin. Losing weight will NEVER be enough. If you’re not willing to love and appreciate who you are at a size 16, chances are you won’t love yourself wearing a size 4.
The hottest thing you can wear is your confidence! Today is about embracing your flaws.
FLAWSOME: People who are aware of their flaws and still think they're awesome!
The size of your body does not determine your self worth. A number on the scale does not tell you how amazing you are! It’s time we take the power away from the "perfect" body image because there is no such thing. Your power lies in you and what you think of yourself, not other people. You can not get from other people what you aren’t willing to give yourself. Love, respect, and acceptance starts with one person AND the most important person: YOU.
The power belongs back in your hands, not to the scale and not to designer jeans. Whether it’s buying a pair of shorts or a tank top, let’s stop trying to cover up our flaws and instead embrace them, cherish them, be the real inspiration others need to see!
This past weekend, we threw a fundraiser at the beach. I got in a bathing suit in front of all my clients, friends, and family for the first time. I decided I was going to own it! I didn’t “diet down” or cleanse to feel lean before the event, and I didn’t bring a coverup for my shoulders, stomach, or legs. I just brought my body the way it was, and it was LIBERATING!
I love you all and hope this blog inspired you today because you are FLAWSOME!
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