many, many, many addictions. One of them, as it is one for most girls, is Pinterest. I LOVE Pinterest. New DIY bookshelf? Sure, why not! New braid to try for medium-length hair, umm yes please! Fitness motivation?! GIVE ME, GIVE ME, GIVE ME!
Today I typed into the search bar, 'fitness motivation'. Loads of pictures, quotes, recipes, and workouts popped up. A lot of these stood out to me for a couple of reasons. Some of them were so unbelievably true. For instance, 'Abs are made in the kitchen'. How true is that? You can run miles upon miles everyday, and eat healthy. Without the workout focused on your abs, they will still show through! If you run and run, but then eat processed, high sugar foods those pretty little muscles will never be shown the light of day!
What also stood out to me was these two pictures shown below:
How true are both of these pictures?!
I am going to start with the second one, because I already started to dance around the subject. Nutrition is so important. It feeds not only our stomach, but our brain too! So many people are consuming all of these foods they think are healthy, but if you flip the box over you can't even pronounce the ingredients. That should be your first red flag.
This is the nutritional info for one of my biggest pet peeve products out there, Light & Fit Vanilla Yogurt. What catches consumer's eyes is the "110 calories" and the "0% fat" on the front of the container. Flip that puppy over and you see the picture above. Under ingredients the first one that popped out to me was, aspartame citric acid. If you copy and paste that into google the very first link that pops up is, "aspartame is not the only thing in diet cola that can kill you". AWESOME! Put some of that on my plate and let's call it a day! Caramel Color, type that into google and one of the first links was, 'Coke Changed Caramel Color to Avoid Cancer Warning'.. Are we getting the picture yet?
Nutrition is everything, it's what will keep you energized, you moving, and most importantly keep you alive! Feeding yourself with delicious, but cancer causing foods may help you get the body you want now, but your body will eventually be defeated by these ingredients.. Instead nourish your body with the natural foods Earth is giving us. Fill your insides with greens, and colorful fruit! Learn how to cook with these items, learn how to love them. Once you start you will love the way you feel. I promise you'll never want to go back!
Now onto the skeleton picture.. I am not going to go on and on about how society has really had an impact on women and how they feel they should look. I'm not going to do this because I think most of us think this way, and because men also feel this pressure. What I will say is that girl's want to be skinny, and what they aren't finding is the line that is drawn between skinny and healthy.
I will be the first to admit, that I had these goals of being skinny. Truth be told, I was already skinny, and I was working to be disgusting instead. I had this unrealistic view of what constituted as attractive. Now, I can truly say that I am working to get muscle. I want to feel the burn, and I want to see the definition. Eat healthy, eat clean, and stop counting calories. Diets don't work because you will gain the weight right back, but lifestyles will have lasting gains.
I have one thing left to say, "Skinny girls look good in clothes, fit girls look good naked".