Today I want to talk a little bit more about the body positive movement and what it means to me. Sometimes I have trouble fitting into the community. Sometimes I find the community isolating, because maybe my views don't totally align with what some body positive activists are putting out there.
So here is what I think: it is okay to be fat. You can be beautiful and fat. You can be handsome and fat. You can be fit and fat. You can be healthy and fat.
I also think that it is okay if you want to lose weight, or if you want to change your habits, or if you want to get stronger, fitter, and healthier.
I just don't think that people need to subscribe to the idea that you are a bad person if you're fat and you don't want to lose weight. Conversely, I don't think people should feel pressure to lose weight to look a certain way.
Body positivity should be about building each other up and helping each other celebrate our bodies as they are.
Body positivity, to me, is about feeling comfortable in your body; and not letting your body limit you from the things you want to do in your life. Ultimately, it is your body and no one should be telling you what you can/can't/should/shouldn't do with it.
Living in and loving your body, no matter what state it is in, is really the first step towards freeing yourself from that nagging feeling that you aren't a worthwhile person unless you are thin/jacked/toned/long and lean...etc, etc, etc.
Because much of the health and fitness industry is built around zeroing in on people's insecurities and exploiting them by making them feel less than because they aren't a size 2, it is hard to find a place for body positivity within the current regime. I would love to see that change, because I think it would lead to more people like me getting a little confidence to step into a gym.