For ten years I compared myself to the girls in the magazines - I even was the girl in the magazine a time or two, and it took over my daily life. I tried just about everything I could think of to change myself to become 'good enough' as a young woman in our image obsessed society; diets, intense workouts, hair extensions, expensive makeup, the 'right' clothes. The same feelings of inadequacy remained no matter how much money I spent or how much time I spent worrying. When I finally changed my mindset regarding body image, food and even exercise, this is when I found contentment and stopped the need to compare myself to anyone, never mind supermodels.
This is one of the aspects that my Body Image and Fitness Coaching program will help you with. A great place to start on your own is a 'Media Detox'. Instead of going on a juice cleanse to try to keep up to the girls in the magazines, detox from the magazines themselves and you'll feel like a million bucks without having to damage your body or your self esteem. (No, I do not believe in juice cleanses but that's a topic for another day). Luckily, our world is starting to move in a new direction. Self love and having a positive body image are seeping their way into some major campaigns such as Aerie, a brand that prides itself in not using photoshop on its models (that being said, the models are still insanely gorgeous and most are quite thin, but it's a start).
One exciting change comes from Swimco, a Canadian swimsuit company, who hire 'normal girls' to model their swimsuits. I am one of those girls and I feel like I am contributing to a positive new way of advertising. Swimco is actually marketing its suits to the people who are going to buy them. It's not 'fitspirational', it's not selling an unattainable lifestyle and it's certainly not Victoria's Secret (even though I have bought into their image way too many times).
How to "Media Detox" :
1. Limit fitspiration/ workout accounts on your instagram (Let's be honest it doesn't make you go to the gym more, it just makes you sad.)
2. Stop buying magazines, especially fitness and fashion magazines. They're 85% advertisements and each of those ads kill your healthy body image, one thigh gap at a time.
3. Remember that for every perfect moment captured and shared on social media there are ten more of that same person lying around watching TV, stuffing their face with bonbons (or in my case pizza) and perhaps picking a wedgie.
4. Appreciate your body for what it can do, not how it looks. Love your legs for taking you on that hike you went on, not for how close together they are in the picture you took when you got to the top.