This was a snippet I shared on my Facebook page and I remember at the time feeling so good about being able to share this piece of "wisdom" not because I think "holy shit I'm amazing and insightful and I hope others realise this too" NO WAY JOSE! I wrote it and the statement below with the intention of "I truly believe in this. I feel very at peace with these statement.". I'm noticing more and more the lack of images portraying plus size girls, curvier fitness bodies and just more "Oh I've seen a lady at my gym that looks like that' when it comes to fitness pages/products and motivation.
I'm not a fucking idiot when it comes to marketing, I know that some people really fall for the six pack shot and think "oh yeah, that's what I want" not knowing AT ALL the sacrifices that may be needed to undertake that transformation. I also know for a lot of girls, it'll take more than a couple pictures of random torso to motivate them to exercise and or stop their self sabotaging ways.
We need to stop focusing on the external attributes of a person and focus on internally shifting our thoughts and making better decisions towards our habits.
Anyhoo, my post went a little something like this…..
Shout out to my ladies who may be struggling with their results/expectation for their weightloss/fatloss/body transformation.
I see more and more often that this notion of "get a bikini body in blah amount of weeks" or strip fat with this amazing workout" is very damaging and soul destroying to "bigger" girls (for argument sake lets just say size 14+, a curvy, heavier set girl that needs to drop more fat/weight than her size 8, already pretty lean counterpart). This girl has been promised by whatever or whoever that she can transform herself/ train like a "beast, get a flat tummy and live on a very low calorie intake all within a VERY SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. It's wrong and it will lead to increased torment down the track- a constant yoyo/revolving door type situation, whereby she is constantly in calorie deprivation, hormonal distress and just plain fucking exhausted- always on the lookout for the "next program". The solution? Allowance. This girl needs to give herself space/time/allowance. Her mantra "And now I'll do what's best for me".
She'll need to say: Yes to getting help or a support system, yes to increasing her training, yes to a plan that suits her, yes to an achievable time frame, yes to a reduction of shitty foods/excessive calories, yes to dealing with why you are here in the first place, yes to a positive outlook, yes to supportive relationship on her life and most importantly YES TO HERSELF, yes to change.
What are your thoughts on these type of images/programs? Am I overreacting or do you feel that's a little soul destroying too?