Whenever I post a fitness related photo I take a deep breath before I hit publish. Since I don't look like your typical "fitness" person (no 6-pack abs, no tan, etc) I always second guess my place in this space. Without that "look" do I really have any authority to speak about fitness or health and wellness?
That's why I've been hesitant to share this photo. I look at it and get caught up in how I "should" look. But who defined that? Some person(s) I don't know made the decision long ago to instill a particular body type as desirable and then that became the standard, the unattainable, even. It's kind of weird... I mean, who am I to let some invisible entity tell me what I should look like and who I can be?
What I do know is that regardless of how a person looks (whether it's considered "ideal" or not), they are struggling with something. When they look in the mirror they see what they perceive to be imperfections just like I do. They want more here or less there, etc.
While I have honor of being considered a fitness influencer in some circles and I have an amazing platform to tell my story, I think that the fitness industry has a long way to go - I know that often times I am passed over because of how I look (and many times the converse of that is true and I am selected because of my story). And I'm honestly tired of that. Let's just be inclusive of all body types and all stages in the health and wellness journey. We are in this journey together! Let's be sure to support and include along the way.