Dear ‘thinspiration’ hater,
I am not what you would call curvy. I am, what I call… soft. And I don’t like it. I can not accept it, because I can change it. So, I pin ‘thinspiration’ images on Pinterest for just that reason, to motivate me, to remind me it will be hard but also worth it, to keep me going when I want to give up. The way I see it, curvy women, bigger women, over weight women whatever you want to call them, have not cornered the market on body hating, or being shamed by the media and the internet. How many times have you seen a skinny celebrity and said “Someone needs to feed her a cheeseburger”? People, especially women, are judged for being too skinny by societies standards as well as being judged for being too fat. That road runs both ways.
I don’t hate my body, I just want to be fit, healthy, I want to be less jiggly, less flappy, and more toned. I see nothing wrong with that. Why should you accept the body you have, if you don’t like it and can change it if you want?
I am 45 years old, and my boyfriend’s mother just booked a vacation for the family. On a lake. With the boat. Nobody should be subjected to seeing the body I have right now in a swimsuit. That is just cruel and unusual. I want to be able to be on the boat not covered up, I am determined to get up on the wake board this summer, I am determined to be able to swim with the kids without being winded.
And I can make the changes necessary to be able to do all of those things.
So, maybe you should look inside to see why it is you hate the ‘thinspiration’ on Pinterest. Maybe it’s not the ‘pins’ maybe it’s something within yourself. I don’t know, I’m not a therapist, it’s just a thought.
All I know is, I want that body and I can’t get it sitting on the ass I have. So I pin the pictures to keep me moving, to do 1 more squat, to run one more minute, to put down the cookies and walk away.