Dec 04, 2012 06:17AM
by Laticia Jackon www.luvyourselffit.comToday, we live in a society where women are bombarded by commercials, magazines and advertisements that flaunt an image of bodily perfection. We are convinced that if we have shinier hair, wrinkle-free skin, toned, size-zero bodies, then our lives are more successful and prosperous. Have you bought into this message? If so, why? Have you ever looked in the mirror and truly embraced your uniqueness, or do you always compare yourself to someone else? If you do, you are not alone.
Women around the world from different cultures and ages struggle with the thought of embracing themselves based on the fact that they don't measure up to the media's fictionalized image of beauty. The media has one of the greatest influences on women's perspectives of themselves and in many ways have polluted the mindset of women. Endless commercials subliminally tell women that they aren't good enough. Is it just me or do you ever hear this message? When was the last time you saw a commercial advertising products to enhance your inner beauty or products that encourage you to work on the true characteristics that make you a beautiful woman? Instead, more than likely you have been bombarded with commercials advertising beauty products that simply cover up who you really are. You might be asking if there is something wrong with external beauty? No, but when external beauty becomes more important than character and moral values, the answer is yes.
As women we often are chasing an illusion of bodily perfection, but it doesn't exists. We chase this illusion until we realize it is unattainable. Therefore, it is important to embrace whom you were created to be; you have to accept who you are not based on the media or someone else's perception of you.
One way to do this is by beginning a regular fitness program. Working out can give you a sense of accomplishment and help you create a healthy self-image. In addition to regular physical activity, begin eating healthy and investing in your health. This will help you lose weight and maintain a healthy body mass index. I believe every woman wants to feel good in her clothes and in her most intimate times. There is nothing wrong with this desire. It is important to realize that regardless if you are a size six or 16 you deserve to be fit and to feel great about yourself. Take control of your life and refuse to allow the media to tell you that you aren't beautiful. You are beautiful, unique and empowered. Therefore, walk into the world and show them who you really are.
How can you avoid the trap of trying to fit into a mold created by marketing executives?
Become fit for more than vanity reasons: If you are only losing weight to fit into a swimsuit or go to a special event, your weight loss will not be permanent. Choose your health over vanity.
Do not compare your body: You are fearfully and wonderfully made by God. Comparing your body to other women will leave you feeling insecure about yourself. Embrace yourself and become a fitter version of you.
Do not believe the hype: The images of women in health and fitness magazines do not represent the average-sized woman. Being a size healthy is more important that any other size. The average size American woman is a size 12-14.
Believe you are worth it: Regardless of your size, believe you are worth the time, effort and money required to become fit and feel great about yourself.
Identify your internal greatness: Women often focus solely on improving their outer appearance and neglect their inner spirit. Discover at least five great inner qualities that make you a great woman.
Compliment yourself: Everyday is a chance to reaffirm how great you are. Don’t wait to drop a size to compliment you.
If you have fallen in the trap of trying to fit into a mold that was never created for you, today is your chance to start anew. Remember every day is a new day to celebrate your imperfections for they truly make you who you are. Embrace your uniqueness and let the world she all of you great qualities. Once a day look in the mirror and tell yourself how beautiful you are. Yes, it may take a while to get comfortable with you acknowledging all of your great qualities, but I have confidence that you can do it.
*Laticia Jackson is an active member of the Aphrodite Board of Experts and IFBB Fitness Pro/3-Time NPC Fitness Champ. She has a degree in exercise science, an associate’s in human performance, and is a certified personal trainer and certified lifestyle and weight management specialist and lives in the Sacramento area.