Monday, April 1, 2013
The Ideal Body
I read a lot of blogs. I watch TV. I browse magazines. I see pinned images on Pinterest... and MANY of the images I see in these media outlets feature the same idea of "the ideal body."
In fact, there's no shortage of people out there wanting the perfect body, going on diets, searching for the miracle pill (or more desperate options) and ogling pictures of "thigh gaps," hoping to someday have their own.
What do I see? I see an idolization of tiny, rail-thin bodies, a lack of muscle, protruding bones, plates "filled with food" that don't even top 100 calories, photoshopped photos, and an obsession with the thigh gap and desiring to be perfect.
But what is "perfect?" What is "ideal?"
It's so hard to not be influenced by all this media and to not feel like you need to "make a change"—despite how good you may look or feel. I know I've been caught several times thinking that my body is less than ideal. And I tell you what—that's not right. It's one thing to eat well, live an active lifestyle and seek a healthy body. It's another to obsess about restricting my diet, spend grueling hours in the gym each day, and take drastic measures to achieve that desired body—so I refuse to do any of that. The unrealistic picture that so many girls and women set for themselves needs to stop.
No, I'm not perfect. No, I'm not ideal. But I'm healthy. I go to the gym almost every single day. I don't kill myself there, though. I usually spend 30 minutes doing cardio and then lift weights or do high-intensity exercises for another 15-30 minutes. My total time at the gym every time is less than an hour. And it feels good to work out and sweat a little.
Now ask me again, "What is ideal?" IDEAL is a body you feel comfortable in. Ideal is healthy, active, glowing, beautiful. For me? That's currently 137 pounds... one-hundred and thirty-seven normal, healthy pounds. But to me, that's just a number, because more importantly—my clothes fit (many that I've had since college), I can churn out a 6-minute mile, and if you asked me to go out for pizza—you'd better bet I'm going to join you and have 2-3 slices.
No matter your number or your size, if you are comfortable being you—it may not be perfect—but it sounds pretty ideal to me.
// MORE SAUCE