A couple of weeks ago, I read a headline that popped up in the Yahoo News feed and it’s been bugging me ever since. So, I just need to get it out and say what I need to say on the subject.
The headline read “How to lose that shameful underarm flab”, with a photo of a woman pinching her triceps. I didn’t read the article, I didn’t need to. The headline says it all.
I’m so sick of this nonsense. It’s no wonder that we have such strained relationships with our bodies when this is the kind of crap that we’re constantly inundated with. Whether you read these kinds of articles or not, we all still see them. We see it on the news feeds, in almost all advertising, especially if the ad is for some so-called ‘miracle’ cure for weight loss.
Let me just say right now that it’s all nonsense and the more we ignore it and learn to love ourselves the better.
There is nothing, let me repeat NOTHING, shameful about your body.
I understand that we all have things about ourselves that we may not love, but at some point in our lives we do have to accept that we’re human, we’re not all perfect, we all allow body image thoughts to creep in. Whatever it is for you, it’s still not shameful. Nothing about being a human being should be shameful. The idea of shame stems from more nonsense. I won’t go into that rant though.
If you strive for health, strength, well being, or satisfaction of any kind shaming yourself or allowing media to interfere with feeling good about who you are must stop.
This angle that’s taken by media and product marketers has always bothered me so much. But, now that I’m in the business of helping and guiding people to better health, it bothers me even more because all too often I have to have a conversation with someone where I feel the need to convince them that these types of articles are nothing but nonsense.
If you want to try and change something about your body, by all means, do it. But, do it in a healthy way. Not because some article or TV show spouts off crap about how awful it is to have some body fat, or cellulite, or gray hair, or wrinkles. It’s life people. And, I promise that you will remain unhappy and unsatisfied if you buy into it.
So, let’s learn to love or at least like ourselves and our bodies. It’s the only one we have. It’s not easy, I know that. I have days where there is nothing that I see in the mirror, I like. And, others where everything is great. That too is part of being human. I have a plethora of things that I could point out as being wrong or not good enough, but what good does that do me? None whatsoever. So, I will do my best to love my scrawny arms, and my cellulite and my wrinkles and I will keep feeling good about who I am. I encourage all of you to do the same.
Train Today to Move Tomorrow!