When are we ever good enough?
This post has been on my mind for awhile. I usually let posts sit for awhile before I write them…mainly because I don’t ever get a good enough chunk of time to bang out a post. But this morning as I was looking through instagram I finally felt like I had to write it.
This post isn’t a declaration of what you “should” do and it’s not even saying that I don’t do these things as well, but I just wanted to get it written down in words. I am constantly looking through my instagram stream of “healthy” living people. There are selfies and ab shots and arm flexes and healthy meals all day long. That’s not what gets me. What gets me is the captions below them. The captions 80% of the time are ones of self hate and doubt. They are filled with people who aren’t satisfied with their bodies. Now don’t get me wrong, I am NOT saying we should settle for mediocrity. I’m NOT saying we should be anything less than our best…but where is the line?
Why aren’t your abs/arms/thighs/back good enough? Why isn’t your meal healthy enough? Why is everything so extreme? It’s not good enough to workout, we have to have less than 10% body fat and be super lean and be perfect all the time. We have to eat protein everything because heaven forbid we eat actual chocolate or brownies!
I mean face it, we all post on instagram because we want people to see what we’ve done/what we’re doing and to brag a bit. That’s just the way it is. It’s the means of the times I’m okay with all that..obviously because I do it. BUT why aren’t the captions in my instagram feed saying “look at what I just did?” or “look how strong I am” or “I’ve worked SO hard to get these muscles“? (And of course I’m taking this to extreme because there ARE people who are proud and body confident…but it’s the miniority.)
I don’t really know what the answer is. And like I said I’m not saying I don’t do this ever. I certinaly would love to have leaner arms, but I KNOW I am proud of the fact I have gotten SO much stronger since having Olivia. I’m proud of the fact I can hold her for long periods of time when I need to. I’m proud of the fact I can run, jump , lift and do a lot of burpees. Do I think my body is perfect? No. Do I want to better and stronger yes? Do I feel bad about myself? No.
Body image is a very tricky thing. It’s tough. We do not see ourselves how other see us. But I urge you, instead of looking at your body and seeing imperfection…see what it’s done for you. See how strong you are. See what you LIKE about your body. Change your view and try to see the positive.
And for goodness sake, take a damn rest day every week…and eat some chocolate!