It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a TGIF type roundup of things I’m loving.
Today I went on a bit of a safari through the interwebs after I clicked on a link that a friend posted on facebook and I think it’s worth sharing some of my favs lately.
The first link was to “What happens when the pursuits of “skinny” and “strong” collide?” which I thought was pretty awesome. Fav…
“We don’t need a new “skinny.” We don’t need a new beauty standard, nor do we need yet another physical ideal hanging over our every thought and move like a little black cloud of doom. What we need to do is change the paradigm so that we value our bodies for all of the amazing things they let us do. We need to expand our standards of beauty to recognize that beauty shows up in all kinds of bodies. And we need to get over this idea that the most important purpose we serve on is to be beautiful for other people. We have a right to have healthy bodies, to take up space, to have appetites, to cultivate our strengths in whatever form that may take. Our time on this planet is precious and we will never, ever get it back, so let’s stop squandering it in pursuit of meaningless ideals we will most likely never attain anyway. We deserve so much better than that.”
This led me to another post that got me a-thinkin’, “Why Fit is the New Thin (and What We Can Do About It)”. I liked the way this post was written and this sentiment especially:
“Because bottom line: Fitspiration is thinspiration, even when it’s dissing skinny girls. It’s not about health — it’s about using “health” and “fit” as code words for beauty standards. And I support your right to chase that fitspiring beauty dragon through a Zumba class if “fit” is one of the beauty standards that really sets your heart on fire. Just know that your beauty standard isn’t any more morally righteous than the woman who chases the plastic surgery dragon or me with all of my shoes.”
Amen to the idea that if we want to be healthy, we should do things that promote health—not things that make our bodies appear a certain (healthy or otherwise) way or another.
I’ve blogged before on my thoughts about “Strong is the New Skinny” and if you’ve ever had a conversation with me about it you’ll know where I stand. I think fitspo is annoying in large part because of the way women are photographed—headless, not actually doing anything athletic, half naked, etc.—but also because I’m pretty sure that boxing our bodies into one ideal is no better—or healthier—than boxing them into another. Whether or not we need to be strong, we don’t need a “new skinny.” We need to do what we love, do what is good for us, and let our bodies do what they will.
I feel like since my blog is on again off again and then on again I have a little ‘splainin to do!
These are the ideas that get me fired up. This is the kind of thing that I want to study when I get going on my masters. These kinds of discussions—not posts of what I ate for breakfast—are the ones that make me feel like I’m blogging about something worthwhile (side note—I am NOT bashing people who take photos of their meals, share their workouts, etc.). This idea—that health actually comes from doing healthy things, that we are all entitled to health and happiness, and that our bodies aren’t something we’re supposed to battle or control—is what keeps me going.
This is what my story has led me to, as rocky as the path might have been, and this is what my message to the (and purpose in the) world is, so this is why my blogs are fewer and farther in between but hopefully are a bit more thought-provoking or insightful. I’m not saying there aren’t things I’m jazzed up for in my life–I’ve got green smoothies in mason jars on instagram down to a T and RX’ing Fran felt like a million bucks even if my hands did not today–that I don’t want to share along the way, but I do think this new direction for my blog is a good one and realizing that what I write about here is important and has value and can influence people makes me smile. If I know what my message to the world is, it’s easy to decide if something is “worth” posting or writing about.
And I think bringing up this “Strong is the New Skinny” topic is certainly in line with changing the way we view our bodies..
What do you think?
Are you a fan of fitspiration?
Do you think strong is a better goal than skinny?
Do you feel motivated when you look at these photos?