09-04-2013

Thinking Out Loud: “Strong Is The New Skinny”

You’ve all seen this quote. It’s been everywhere lately. I loved it when I first saw it, and thought “Yeah, go strong girls!” But is it really the best message to send?

I started thinking about it more when I read this article on HuffPost Healthy Living. The author states:

In the phrase, “skinny” is something to be sought after. Something that’s good. And now, in order to be accepted and seen as beautiful by society, you need to be strong — with visible muscles and the ability to do lots of push-ups and dead lifts and pull-ups. But is this really the message we all want to be sending?

There has been more controversy lately regarding “fitspo” or “fitspiration” where people post quotes such as this one, or pictures of girls they aspire to be. But is that really inspiring? Sometimes I do look at stuff like that on Tumblr or Instagram for motivation…but at the same time, is it causing us to be unhappy with ourselves and what we look like?

Everyone is different, and some of us put on muscle more easily than others, just like some of us are naturally more slender. Does this mean then that non-muscular people are now not as attractive? That they need to change, even if they are living a healthy lifestyle?…Now they get to the feel the pressure that “non-skinny” folks have felt for years, chasing after what could possibly be an unrealistic appearance?

While I think it is great that more and more women are lifting, and not afraid to lift heavy, we should remember why we are doing it to begin with. To feel stronger…to feel healthier…to push your body to it’s own limits (and not compare your numbers to others).

You might look at someone and think, “I wish I looked like them.” I do it all the time! I wish I had more abs…I wish I had stronger arms…but at the same time I remember what my body has done for me. It’s training for a marathon. It has run countless miles. It IS strong even if it doesn’t look strong.

I’ll leave you with the final quote from this article which I love:

The new skinny is no longer putting a label on beauty. The new skinny is being your best self. The new skinny is already you.

What do you think about “Strong is the new skinny?” Do you find motivation from others, or do you sometimes get sucked into the comparison game?

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06-17-2013

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday! New week…new opportunity to get after your goals.

I mentioned in my marathon training post that I will be doing a new training plan…and I’m terrified! No, seriously, as I was reading about this plan, I had a knot in my stomach of nervousness. But I knew it was the right thing to try…so now I’m scared…and excited at the same time.

I found this quote and really found it relevant:

il_fullxfull.249645986Whatever it is your pursuing this week, it may scare you, but it’s worth it in the end. My goals will be lifting 3x this week, running 2-3x, and eating healthy all week AND into the weekend (unlike this past weekend). But still nothing has scared me more than starting this new marathon training plan in 2 weeks. Will I be able to do it? Will I finish NYC Marathon in under 5 hours, which was my original goal in 2011 before everything went wrong? Will I get sick of running along the way? I hope not…

What scares you currently? How are you “saddling up?”

 

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