I dont't normally include these kinds of things on my blog, but this article really sparked my interest.
One of my close friends is starting up a series of workshops for young girls that is designed to help them refocus their idea of the "perfect body". Because of this, my whole circle of friends have had our eyes opened to these types of articles and advertisements out there. I found this one particularly interesting because it's a real bare bones story of body image.
At 25 years old, I am certainly a lot more confident about myself than I was in high school, but at the same time, I still look in the mirror and poke and pull on my "fat" and "jiggly arms" when really, I am no where near over weight. I am 5'5, 124lbs (of which is a lot of muscle in my legs), I eat right (most of the time) and workout on a regular basis. How could I think that need to lose weight?! Or that my thighs are too big?! Half the time girls and women are looking at each other wishing they had the others body, and that their own will never be good enough. It's sad, really.....
Especially as a nurse, who is educated in what our bodies need to maintain proper health, it is important for me to plant my feet on the ground, shake my head when I see a distorted image in the mirror, and realize that strong IS the new skinny. This article really helped me do that.
Enjoy the read! I'm off to the gym :)