How’s it going this Monday morning? I heard some of the eastern coast of America got hit pretty badly with snow this past weekend! I have to say, as much as I dislike the weather here in Scotland, I am pleased not to be surrounded by freezing temperatures and snow. I grew up in northern New Hampshire, and lived most of my life in New England and New York, so, I know how frustrating (and also how fun?) snow storms can be!
The other day I was re-watching, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and I came across an episode when Titus used the word, snowbesity to describe a person who you can’t tell if they are fat or not because they are wearing a winter jacket.
While my first thought was, “that is a funny word”, my second thought was, “who cares if somebody is overweight or not?” And my third thought was about how there never seems to be a time that isn’t the “right” time to start convincing people that they need to change their bodies. In the winter, it’s all about getting ready for spring break. In the spring, it’s all about maintaining the now ultra-offensive term, “bikini body” for the summer. In the autumn, it’s all about getting into that “little black dress” for the holidays. Over the holidays, it’s all about changing for the new year and starting a clean slate — this is the year you’ll get your body back!
“Skinny bitch.” “Fat bitch.” “You’re unhealthy.” “You shouldn’t wear that.” “Dad bod.”
It seems like society is more judgmental than ever. It’s on both sides of the coin and it’s got to stop.
We never get a break from feeling like we’ve got to change. That we’ve got to look better. The cycle seems like it will never end either. However, changes are taking place and while the shift is still evolving and it’s momentum is growing, the body positivity movement is a real thing, and you can be a champion for its cause too.
I struggle with loving my body. I struggle with keeping my weight off. I struggle with taking compliments. I also have made the, “when I’m thinner, I will _” statements. I do all of this, and I am a personal trainer and nutritional therapist. Nobody is immune when it comes to feeling insecure or uncomfortable in their body.
I, for one, am so tired of all the body shaming and all the superficial bullshit. I think most of us are. So, this week I want to share a TED Talk from an influential person working to bring greater understanding of what makes us feel uncomfortable in our skin and how we can all be more patient and loving to ourselves and our bodies regardless of size.
The TED Talk I chose for today is from fashion model; Ashley Graham called, “Plus-size? More Like My Size.” In this talk, she discusses why she believes there is more than one body type and that we all possess a wonderfully unique and diverse physique that shouldn’t be defined by anybody but ourselves.
Preach, girl. Preach. Enjoy, you guys!
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Do you believe the size current is shifting? Isn’t Ashley amazing?
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