I was not planning on posting this, but the photo on the left popped up on my time hop this morning. Two years ago today, I competed in a figure competition. My viewpoint on health and fitness has changed a lot since that day.
I remember being a teenager and standing in front of the mirror. I envisioned a 'thin body' with abs and smaller legs. This is what my mind at the time deemed as 'healthy' and 'fit'.
The media portrays to us that this body type should be our 'end goal'. The problem is, the media only shows the image, but not the story behind it. They fail to portray that this physique is not 'healthy' for MOST body types, NOR sustainable.
The image on the left shows a body that the media portrays as 'goals'. What the image does not show you is the hours of training that were spent in the gym. The nights spent at home to avoid being surrounded by food. The cupboards filled with sugar free labels and mustard packets eaten to starve off hunger. The days spent sleeping outside of training sessions because I was drained of any energy i had left.
Most importantly, this image does not show the emotional suffering. I spent the first half of my twenties working to achieve the physique on the left. When I finally achieved it, I felt lost and unhappy. Sure I had this media worthy b o d y, but what I did not have was my life.
I share my experiences because I don't want you to be that person looking in the mirror wishing you had 'abs' or a 'thigh gap'. I don't want you looking at an image and making that your 'goal'. Fit and healthy is not one universal body type. It's not one set pants size. It's not one specific number on the scale.
I want every one to be healthy, but in a way that is sustainable and appropriate for their own b o d y type. Meaning I want you to love yourself, soak up every ounce of life, and be healthy in your own way. 💜