"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength"...was the repeating thought as I continued to push through the burn in my muscles. Running on the treadmill is my least favorite thing some mornings. I'd rather be automatically skinny with a perfect body. As far as I know, unless I have access to a personal trainer, get lipo suction monthly, and work out 6 hours a day, I won't look like a celebrity...As a woman living in America, youth and beauty is shoved down my throat on a minute by minute basis. If it's not some commercial on T.V. or ad on the radio, then it's competing with other women, or the front covers of magazines. No matter what, being voluptuous, thin, and desirable is the message I heard loud and clear.
I've decided I really don't give a flying leap to what society tells me to be these days. I'm sick of the skinny and 'be youthful' messages. I'm currently boycotting the youthful appearance crud (mainly because I'll be 30 this year and it's time to stop caring about it so much) I want to exercise for me, I want to feel good about myself. I want to maintain this body so I can keep up with my kids, in short, I want to be healthy (and fit back into all my jeans, somehow my metabolism has taken a vacation, PERMANENTLY).
Besides the fact I can't afford to buy an entire new wardrobe, exercising is another way of demonstrating discipline and self esteem to my daughters. It's a chance to teach defiance to what society is telling us as females. Growing up female is hard enough with all the message we hear, the least I can do is teach them to love themselves and embrace how God created them.
So what about you, are sick of the youthful, be a size 0 messages we hear? Are you insecure about your size? How are you demonstrating health for your daughters? Love to hear from you.