As you may have noticed, the Fitspo thing is a trend right now. Wherever we look, we are getting bombarded with images of women (and men) in impossible yoga positions, with flat stomachs and pretty faces who encourage us all to eat nothing but raw vegetables. Magazines tell us that we should do burpies and situps and pushups while we are doing our everyday activities. Basically, magazines aimed at us women and instagram want to make sure we get in on the trend to feel #fit.
And I tried. Oh did I try. I once imagined myself with a tight sixpack as well. Luckily, five minutes later I got back to my senses and succumbed to that delicious bar of chocolate that was calling my name. And yes, I did drag my sorry ass to the gym. Which basically meant I had to do all my exercises while being stuck between old sweaty men in tight shorts. It was not pretty. Especially that time when I had this lady stare at me the entire 1,5 hours I was there. Let’s just say that the gym was not my place to be.
And I tried eating super healthy. While I never gave in to the quinoa trend, because I feel like I should be able to pronounce what I eat, I try to maintain a healthy diet. But raw food just isn’t my thing. I do not wet my panties when the only thing I am allowed to ‘eat’ is a smoothie of all the vegetables I hate. I do try to cut my sugar intake, but I do not go to church to confess my sins when I eat that bar of chocolate because I just wasn’t strong enough.
Don’t get me wrong. I admire fitgirls. I admire anyone who is so dedicated to their healthy lifestyle that they actually can keep up with it. I workout every week, doing something that I love. But I don’t get up at 6 in the morning to go to the beach to do some Yoga exercises and taking Instagram-worthy pictures in the meantime. And I do not believe the fitgirl lifestyle is all that glamourous and amazing as is portrayed. I imagine those insta-girls drooling over a bar of chocolate just like I constantly thought about the brown goodness when I decided not to eat sugar for two days. I wish I could be as dedicated as you are, but I guess that I just don’t want to give up on the things I enjoy like a nice piece of pie at birthdays or crisps on Saturday night.
Skinny girls, big girls, curvy girls. We all have a place in this world. And I think it is a great thing that people encourage others to get fit. I know that there is no greater feeling than exercising and feeling like you have accomplished something. But you should do it because it is what you love. Not everybody is meant to have a flat stomach just like not everybody is meant to be a doctor. As long as you are healthy and happy with the body you have, regardless if you are a size 0 or a size 20.
As for me, I am inspired to start eating healthier. I am going to cut red meats, yet keep indulging myself in chocolate. I think the key word is balance. You can eat bad things when you make sure you eat enough healthy things and work out regularly (not necessarily every day) as well. So dear magazines, maybe it is time you advertised a healthy balance instead of expecting us all to do push ups all over the place all of the time? Thanks!
What is your opinion? Are you all into #fitspo or do you prefer that bar of chocolate? Let me know in the comments!