I was just reading about the article in Glamour magazine about the picture that everyone can’t stop talking about. It was a simple little picture of a 20-something woman who wasn’t a size 0. Lizzie Miller is a plus size model who appeared in the September issue of Glamour magazine nude. A real woman, a real body, in a women’s magazine. It was actually quite refreshing to see.
However, you can’t deny the fact the majority of the American population is overweight. Being a fashion writer and a woman myself, I am torn between encouraging my fellow ladies and moms to feel good in their own skin or standing up and saying no, they shouldn’t be comfortable being overweight because it’s unhealthy, shortens their lifespan, and limits their quality of life. Not to mention what it does to your self esteem, whether you want to acknowledge it or not.
I think every woman should be confident in who she is. If you have self confidence, you won’t feel insecure with what you see in the mirror. We all have days when we get on the scale or try to get our pants on, only to pop a button and end up wanting to hide under the bed and cry. We’ve all been there and done that. But that doesn’t mean we need to learn to love ourselves the way we are. That means we need to care enough about ourselves and our well being to make changes for the better and start moving in a direction to get ourselves healthy and fit. Not just so we can look good. Not just so we can fit back into our pants, but so we can take responsibility of our own body, be healthy and strong and stay fit so that we can live a long and healthy life and be helpful to others.
You only have this one body and this one life. If you don’t take good care of your body and give it everything it needs, it’s going to break down and give out on you eventually. Heart attack? Cancer?
My thinking is yes, you need to love who you are, where you are at in life. BUT! also have a goal, aim high and do your best to take care of yourself. If you are overweight, don’t go out and buy a new wardrobe. Start eating right, getting some regular exercise and plenty of sunshine and fresh air!
Love who you are, but always try to be better. Don’t ever give up.
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