-Submitted by an an anonymous Emily Program Foundation volunteer
I consider myself fit and healthy. When I started working on my fitness, I “liked” many fitness Facebook pages. I thought they would motivate and push me. At first it did, and I saw my body change. As time went on, I started to realize that my body would not and could not look like those models in the pictures. I realized that those images were doing me more harm than good. The fitness models put in a lot of time to look like that. I like to work out and fuel my body well, but a lot of fitness models and professionals get their results in a very unhealthy way. The strict diets and a countless number of supplements can bring many unwanted health consequences in the future.
I respect fitness models and body builders for showing us what (some of) our bodies are capable of, but my goal is just to stay fit and healthy. Once I realized this, I went to all of those fitness pages that I “liked’ on Facebook and “unliked” them. I no longer see those images every day and only kept the pages with positive motivational sayings.
I recently came across an article called ‘This Fitness Pro Gained (weight) and she’s Never Felt Better.’ After reading her story, I knew I made the right choice. In this article, fitness Pro, Neghar Fonooni, talks about her experience and journey of gaining some weight and feeling happy about it. Back in 2009 she was in the “best” shape of her life, but she was not happy. She was in a bad relationship and had low self-esteem; the only thing that made her feel good about herself was her body. Now, 5 years later, she understood that being happy is not about being a certain size. Fonooni says, “Being lean isn’t my top priority… My priority right now is being the best mom and wife I can be. My purpose is to teach women how to love and embrace their bodies…” and if they want to work on fitness, show them how to do it without going crazy.
With the right mind set, our bodies will know what to do. Once we realize that we don’t need to be a certain size to be happy, our bodies will land where they are most comfortable.