THE BODY POSITIVITY MOVEMENT
I was reluctant to write this post.
I’m not a big girl. Even though I’ve gained 15 lbs in the last two years, I’m still relatively small.
In fact, in talking about this I risk receiving messages that I am “skinny” and need to just love my body. Without a doubt, someone will tell me I have no business talking about this topic.
I’m going to do it anyway.
My body HAS changed.
My once tight ass has a side of cottage cheese.
Things are a little softer than they once were.
Every body is different… size S, M, L, or XL we need to embrace our flaws, be kind to ourselves and not compare ourselves to the standards that society has set for how woman “should look”.
I’m on board with the body positivity movement – I think it’s an important conversation and one that shouldn’t stop.
I also struggle with some aspects of it.
YES!!! Every body is different
Women’s bodies change
There is a lot of pressure to be skinny
The media portrays unrealistic expectations
All of that is true.
But I also feel like some of the body positivity content going viral online is encouraging unhealthy behaviours.
For me, loving your body isn’t just embracing the new found cottage cheese on your saddle bags.
It’s fuelling your body and moving your body.
Loving yourself means taking care of yourself.
That’s what I’m focusing on right now.
I’m accepting my body is not what it was when I was in my twenties, while doing what I can to show up as my best in my thirties.
(anyone else not so secretly wish that they could have the body of their twenties with the mind of their thirties?)
To be completely transparent, as I come up on my 35th birthday, my hope is that 35 is going to be the best thing that ever happened to my ass. I’m on a mission to tighten up while fully accepting that I am not going to get those twenty year old glutes back.
Since I know I am not alone in feeling the way I am, I thought I’d share what I’m doing to … well… treat my body with the love it deserves.
HERE’S WHAT I’M FOCUSING ON:
This is where I’m supposed to write a big lost of all the thing I am going to do. Let’s not over-complicate things though.
Instead of depriving myself, or going on some extreme diet, I’ve just added 5 simple things onto my “to do list”:
1. Drink A LOT of freakin’ water (your skin will thank-you for this too)
2. Move my body for 30-minutes everyday (the Apple Watch has been such a great tool for this). This includes strength training, running and yoga.
3. 7-8 hours of sleep every night. (previously I would skip sleep to get things done)
4. Up the protein
5. Up the greens
Oh and a lot of squats too.
That’s all. It doesn’t need to be complicated. I’m not going to stop living my life.
Lastly, nothing inspires me to workout more than some cute workout gear. I just did a haul from Lululemon – here are my favs!
A FEW OF MY LULULEMON FAVS