HUMP DAY!! At long last 🙂
In honour of the Operation Beautiful book release by Caitlin, and Change the Way You See, Not The Way You Look week…
….I’m doing a post on bodies! Or, more specifically, why we hate our bodies and how to overcome that hate.
First up – why do women (and men) have so little love for their bodies?
I was thinking about this whilst running this morning, and I came up with a few reasons why:
1) The dreaded MEDIA! Magazines, films, websites..they all portray an image of what the ‘perfect’ body should look like – slim, sleek, wrinkle/cellulite/blemish free. It’s no wonder real women feel they aren’t good enough. But we have to remember – the images we see, they’re not real! Think about things like Photoshop and airbrushing….
The seemingly ageless Madonna:
See what I mean? Yet the [horrors] of airbrushing are so rarely highlighted (except in Britain’s version of Marie Claire magazine, which refuses to use airbrushed photos, anywhere in the magazine). So all day long, women are presented with these ‘perfect’ images – of course we’re going to feel bad about our bodies, because we’re often trying to aim for an impossible standard! I know media images affected me and my ED – In fact, when I was recovering, I banned myself from reading my Vogue magazines; I ended up with a stack of 4 or 5 months! But I just didn’t want to be brainwashed by the images and the idea that it was somehow OK to be freakishly skinny.
2) There are unreal expectations about what our bodies should look like. We see images of and hear about Madonna, or Paula Radcliffe, or Jennifer Aniston – but these folk have an army of people to look after them! Personal trainers, expensive beauty products mere mortals couldn’t afford, chefs, masseuses, and however many other people in their entourage. Heck, I know if I had my own personal Tracy Anderson clone following me about, my body would look a lot different! But would working out 4hrs a day, so I felt like this:
…actually make me like my body any more? Noooo.
3) Punishment. I think women as a whole, are pretty gluttonous about punishing themselves. I shouldn’t have eaten that biscuit, now I have to work out for 1hr more in the gym…My ass looks so giant in those jeans…I don’t deserve to wear those shorts, my legs are too fat…etc etc. We punish our bodies, we punish ourselves, by restricting food, bingeing, over exercising, fat-talking, or anything else. Again, if we’re always mean to ourselves, we’re not gonna feel the love for our bodies are we!?
Of course, there are a billion and one other reasons why we hate our bodies, but I don’t have the space to go through them all. Instead, let’s look at how we can reverse the hate, and learn to LOVE our bodies!
1) Recognise our strengths; we all have bits of ourselves which we don’t like, or that we’re self conscious about. But the trick is to find something – even if it’s just one thing – that we DO love about our bodies. If we can learn to love one thing, than other stuff will follow, or we’ll at least learn to accept our ‘flaws’. Take my sister – she thinks she has chunky legs, but there is one thing she can’t deny; she has the most amazing stomach. Ever. It’s flat and toned, without her needing to do a single sit-up. I am soo envious of her stomach! So, next time you look in the mirror, find one thing to love 🙂
2) Understand that the images we see everyday are NOT real and are NOT the ideal. As I’ve just shown, airbrushing is so amazingly common, that we basically can’t really believe a single thing we see in the media. And besides; maybe blokes do like Megan Fox’s body and would gawp if they saw her on a beach. But at the end of the day, your friends, your family, your partner – they shouldn’t like you because of your body, they should like you because of you. Who cares if you have the odd bit of cellulite!? If they won’t be with you for that reason, they’re not worth their salt. We can be beautiful whatever our shape, fat or thin!
3) Respect our bodies – look at the amazing things we can accomplish! Having a baby, overcoming an illness, running a marathon….it’s all amazing! Since I started running, I’ve developed SO much more respect and love for my body. After all, it got through the 2 years of starvation I gave it, yet it’s still here, it’s still strong, and it can run at least 16miles – soon to be 26.2! Sooo – Respect leads to love, dude! (Said in a crazy hippie voice :p). Respect your body – IT’S AMAZING!
4) Learn how to nourish your body and treat it well. Eat lots of fruits, veggies, grains, healthy fats, legumes. The better you eat, the better you feel. I for one am finding the better I eat, the more I like my body. I’m nourishing myself, and I feel like I’m developing a ‘glow’ almost, from the inside out. Eat crap and you’ll feel like crap. Eat well and you’ll feel well! Positive feelings, thoughts, you’ll feel stronger, brighter..the benefits are endless 🙂 (But still have treats!)
5) Finally – accept what you’ve been given body-wise. Maybe you have large arms. Maybe you have a flat butt (I know I do – hurrumph!). Maybe you’re not built like Giselle. But unless you want to look like this:
..or plan on doing a Heidi Montag, accept who you are. Your body is yours, it’s the only one you’ve got. Life is too short (or too long?) to go through it hating yourself. You, and your body, are fabulous!
So, there you have it 😀 In the spirit of loving out bodies…..Tell me one thing you love about your body. I like my hair, and my eyes 🙂
Looong post, so I’ll shoot through the food today. First up – apple/wheatgerm/square of chocolate –> RUN!
5K as per the marathon plan. I got fab negative splits today!!
8.35 - 8.24 - 7.51
Breakfast was a woooonnderful EGM – all the usual suspects (cereal, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, vanilla, banana, xanthan gum) but with the addition of some pear – WELL good! Toppings = grated cacao, puff cereal, homemade gooseberry jam, granola & dates:
Lunch was pretty awesome too – I attacked two of these babies:
I scraped the insides out, then seasoned them and baked for 25-30mins:
For the stuffing, I cooked up a mix of red quinoa and buckwheat, with dried mixed herbs, dried basil, seasoning and sundried tomatoes:
Meanwhile, I stir fried the courgette innards (!) with some balsamic vinegar til it was caramelizing:
Theeeen, I added that to the grains along with some more balsamic vinegar, mixed it up, stuffed it into the courgette, and served it with some squash, celeriac and parsnip:
Oh man. The mix was BEAUTIFUL!
I also had some Fake Cake – cereal blended with a pear, cocoa powder and agave nectar, then nuked in the microwave:
Tasted JUST like chocolate cake!!
I’ll skip posting dinner today and do it tomorrow instead, or this post will reach epic lengths 😛
Don’t forget – Tell me one thing you love about your body!
Of course, I haven’t forgotten it’s Horsey Humpday, so here’s your horsey hit for the day 😀