I was so inspired to write this blog post because of an Internet article that resurfaced this week and because it really resonated with me. The article was written by an actual model herself and displayed before and after images of top celebrities that were excessively photoshopped. A smaller waist, removal of a wrinkle here, smoother looking skin there and voila! It is a completely different person! And society IS literally buying this! Most of the images that we see in top selling magazines are a false representation and an unrealistic “image” to achieve.
Most females at one time or another have had the feelings of or felt the pressure of trying to have that “perfect figure”. The feelings of “I wish I had a smaller butt, I have too many wrinkles or I hate my love handles.” Now, I won’t leave out the gentlemen. Channing Tatum in movies like “Magic Mike” does not make it any easier… just kidding! But you get my drift. There is just as much pressure on the guys.
I know we have all heard of the saying “being comfortable in your own skin”. Well I think its time that we actually embrace this saying. As a competitive athlete, I know what it is like to be at an extremely low body fat. I also know that it is temporary. I also knew what it was like to be overweight at one point in my life. With that being said, I now maintain a healthy body fat that allows me to train intensely, set new personal goals and just BE comfortable in my own skin. So put on that sexy black dress, a killer pair of heels or a brand new shade of lipstick and go out there and work it!
I wrote this post because although I am a confident person, I have been guilty at times of comparing myself to others. It is human, but instead, let it be the fuel that fires you to aim for those goals and not bring you down.
Strive to be better, not perfect! And if you have a dimple or two wearing your bikini on the beach, that’s okay!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013