Body Image and The Media
ELISABETH: I have a really good idea in my head but like Janice I am so exhausted that I don’t have the energy write it out. I know I’ll be disappointed if I write it now because it just won’t do justice. When I write it, it’s going to be good. And it’s going to be controversial, so get ready. I’ll give you one hint –> fitspo. That’s all!
As for today’s post, I think I’m just going to rant. Body image and the media…frankly I am getting kind of tired about always hearing about this topic, because lets admit it – it gets talked about alot. And it is usually the same old thing whether it’s about photoshop, models that are too skinny, or the famous articles “do this for 7 days and you’ll achieve a slimmer body!”
I. DON’T. CARE.
As much as I love magazines [trust me I'm obsessed with a lot of them], some of these articles are just garbage. YES things are photoshopped, YES models are too skinny, and HECK NO you will not get slimmer doing 5 “ab” exercises for 7 days while eating McDonalds and suddenly BOOM you are skinnier. I’m sorry, lady.
I have always wanted to do an experiment where I would do exactly as it said in an article – whether it was fitness related ["2 weeks to the NEW YOU!"] or food related ["3 Day Slim Down"] and see what my results would be. Especially articles where they are like “Do this to lose 5 lbs, this for 10 lbs, and this for 15 lbs.”
UM LADY, I USUALLY GAIN WEIGHT WHEN I WORK OUT.
I’m not kidding! GOOD WEIGHT – STRONG WEIGHT. I could tell you a million times that muscle weighs more than fat, and only 10% truly believe it. Even, telling you this now, I admit to sometimes falling back into the trap of thinking that I need to “lose weight.” I need someone to slap me across my face when I say that because it is not about losing weight, it’s about losing fat. I wish I could be one of those people who had no idea what their weight was. I don’t own a scale so I definitely don’t check it much, but I know my range. In some ways though I do think it is a good thing to know your weight. Especially when people are trying to lose FAT weight. It helps to track things down.
I will leave you with this picture. I took this before my cleanse to see if there was a before or after difference. I felt so gross and fat because I had just gotten back from 2 months of not working out and CARB OVERLOAD [so good though, I want that Italian pizza again!] Looking at this picture now I think hey, I look pretty good for not having worked out at all [AND I'M THINKING,EMILY DO NOT PUT A PICTURE OF YOUR ABS ON HERE...THANK YOU] I have curves but who cares I AM A WOMAN. I’m showing you this because it shows that I have my insecurities, too. Everyone always strives for that “unattainable perfect body” and you know what, you are unfortunately never going to get it. You may get pretty damn close but something SOMEWHERE on your body is going to bug you from time to time. Even MIZFIT (my role model) has her insecurities, and if she doesn’t then she is perfect just like I believe she is :)
I’m not sure where this post led to but I encourage each and everyone one of you to truly LOVE YOURSELF. YOU ARE WORTH IT. YOU ARE ENOUGH. [shout out to my Kairos girls LG2]
Leaving you with this last quote which IRONICALLY [or not...] I found on MizFit’s page…
EMILY: Such a hot topic for a post! Well I absolutely agree with Elisabeth where honestly this topic is exhausting and it’s old news to me. But the media still goes nuts when it comes to how you should feel and look about yourself. The body image industry makes how many millions of dollars a year? Think about every time you buy makeup, shampoo, face cleansers, magical weight loss pills and the list goes on and on; ALL OF THOSE PRODUCTS revolve around you wanting to feel better about yourself. To be honest, there is probably a cure to acne, or is one coming in the bright future, but if that cure ever got on the market; think of all of the businesses that would be over. Neutrogena would have a freaking heart attack. It’s a competition. And we have to accept that we are always going to be in the middle of this huge battle. There’s always going to be the arguement that too many models are too skinny and its unhealthy. There will always be the arguement of what to eat and what not to eat to be in the best shape of your life.
I get it.
But the fact of the matter is, models will continue to be skinny and people will always argue that carbs are the reason to weight gain. What I don’t get it is people actually let the media affect how they live their life. They truly believe a magazine article about some ridiculous weight loss program or believe that every model is what true beauty is. And if they do, then the media has done their job very well and if those people are silly enough to believe half the garbage put into the media, shame on them. Sorry if I’m being harsh but come on seriously? BUT the good news is, you don’t have to let media affect you. For instance; you’re trying to lose some weight but you keep comparing yourself to a model and can’t be happy with the current progress you’ve made. Let’s face it, they are photoshopped or just naturally super skinny. And you have to remind yourself of that! Yea it’s easier said than done. Every girl wants to feel amazing and gorgeous about themselves. We all do! But my advice is just don’t use the media as your comparison to love yourself. Here’s a video to show why.
The media is kind of scary with how it can influence you, but when you take a second to step back and realize it doesn’t have to affect you at all; trust me you will already start to feel better about yourself. I know it’s easy to say love yourself, so if you can’t do that right away because it’s easiersaid than done, take a sec to write down all of the family and friends that make you smile. It’s what I did when I was having an off day about just being self conscious. There’s something about each of them that you love and there’s something about YOU that they love . So .. love that in itself and you can thank me when you try this and you’ve already started to feel a little better about the amazing person that you know you are.