Luckily for me, my mother always told me growing up to be proud of my body, to be happy that I'm healthy, and that God gave me a beautiful body so I have never been very self-conscious. However, since graduating college I find that I must snack at work to stay awake and being in a relationship I have gained what people keep telling me is "happy" weight. Well, I'd be a lot more happy with a flat stomach! It's the only thing I would ever change about my body and I have grown more and more insecure about it. I talked to a trainer about it before and asked if it was even a possibility with my body shape and he asked me if I had always had belly flab, yes even at my thinnest. He told me I could have a flat stomach if I worked out 5 days a week and measured everything I ate. Ummmm no thank you, can I just get it smaller?
I read the article "Oh Wow. These Bodies Are Beautiful" in Glamour and it has restored my confidence and after seeing the pictures I fell in love with my body again. It's a second article that was written after an article in the September issue with the 2nd photo's model Lizzie Miller. The photos featured these beautiful women au natural and their bodies look just like mine- healthy and some rolls of "love" that appear when I'm not leaning back and sucking it in with all my might. They're gorgeous and their real. The picture of Lizzie really popped out at me, she was so gorgeous. Then I read the article and teared up. Being a woman is loving your body and taking care of it- not eating only 500 calories a day and devoting all your free time to the gym. That free time should be for continuing your education, laughing with your friends, and loving the ones you love. Yes, you should work out, but not be a slave to it.
If every woman in magazines looked like the women above, how would it make you feel?