I was reading an article that popped up on my Facebook feed about a swim suit designer, Dana Duggen, who insisted that Amy Schumer should not be on a cover of a magazine in a swim suit as “not every woman should be in a swimsuit”. I don’t need to defend Amy Schumer because she is a witty, smart and incredibly capable woman that can defend herself but I wanted to speak up about another comment Dana made. However, before I continue I have to comment on celebrating women for what they DO not what they LOOK like. Amy stands out in a predominately male industry, holds her own, is incredibly intelligent and ridiculously funny. Why can’t that be a reason to be on the cover of a magazine?
I digress, onto the comment:
“I simply stated that not everyone should be in a swimsuit. Especially on the cover of a magazine. I'm tired of the media pushing the fat agenda. It's not healthy and it's not pretty.”
OH, THE FAT AGENDA!
This drives me crazy; a healthy woman with a healthy body is considered fat and unhealthy because she does not look like the “standard” model. This is ridiculous as a healthy body comes in all different shapes and sizes. In addition, we all know the photoshopping, unhealthy practices to look that way and the unattainable "ideal". I have decided to share a photo of how I look naked(ish) and I am sharing the results of a home fitness assessment (you can also take this test here).
But before I share I want to address the fat agenda. I agree that telling people it is acceptable to not take care of their bodies is not healthy or ideal. However, loving yourself where you are and doing loving things for your body (exercise, nutrition, rest, etc.) should be applauded. Exercise and nutrition is not a punishment for “being fat” or unhealthy, it is something you do because you love yourself. I do believe that you should love yourself at any size or shape and it takes work if you are not feeling comfortable in your body. However, that is a sign that you must focus on the good things and do good things for your body. If you are exercising and fuelling your body with nutritious whole foods then that’s a lot of body and self love!
HOW FIT ARE YOU?
Here is a picture of me and here are my stats from a home fitness test I took on April 18, 2017. I scored excellent in each category except for the 30 degree curl which was 22 and considered very good.
According to the test I range from "excellent" to "very good" on the fitness test. Do I look like Gillian Michaels? No, and I likely never will as I have a different body type and choose to live a different lifestyle. For the women that want to look like her and achieve it, AWESOME, no judgement, but that lifestyle is not a fit for me and that's OK.
And here is a friend and trainer of mine who completed the same test and looks very different than me (she scored excellent on every test but the flexibility):
I am aware that I look different than other people who teach fitness and yoga. I do not fit the mold that most people think when they see fitness and yoga teachers and that’s OK. My health journey has not only included my body but my mental health and it changed my body. This is where my body needs to be healthy in body, mind and spirit.
I know my purpose on this earth is to help women become the best versions of THEMSELVES not some other ideal. I walk that walk; so if I can say I’m Lance Armstrong with boobs and a butt then so can you! For clarification, the comparison comes from my resting heart rate getting down to 39 beats per minute when sleeping and my average is 47 beats per minute not that I take performance enhancing drugs or can bike the tour de France.
In closing, I want you think in your own mind, what does “fit” look like? Do you have a certain look that determines fitness? For me, personally, being fit means I can run around with my kids and keep up with them; laugh, play and love life. Fitness isn’t just in the body for me, it also includes my mind and spirit (i.e. mental health and authenticity). When I am fuelling my entire self, I am fit!