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Since I ran that first lap in high school fitness became a very big focus for me. I’m not by any means claiming to have been an athlete, but it was always important to me. I would do crunches and crazy workouts in my bedroom before bed at night, that I had cut out from my Mom’s Woman’s World magazines, dreaming of the abs that I could have just like the girl in the demo pics.
I remember being so self-conscious about my body and never really knowing what to do about it. My mom would tell me I look fine and encourage me to wear bathing suits that actually fit and instead I would sit on the shore with my jeans shorts on and my big t-shirt not really listening.
I wasn’t sure where my fitness journey was taking me, but I DID know it was important. I think the key to success is really arming yourself with the right tools.
You cannot have fitness without eating right – just like you cannot appreciate how hard you work and how great you look, if you do not love yourself.
Now there has been some controversy about the recently released Dove ad. Some are obviously pointing out the ‘yeah that’s great, but they’re still trying to sell you soap.” I’m not going to disagree with that, but I’m going to really have to strain my brain to really convince my own self that this type of video is really transcending into soap sales. I think Dove is trying to make a statement, a lot like the Nikes and the Under Armours of the world. They’re trying to really resonate with their current and potential consumers. Either way, whether successful or not, we’re definitely all aware of the campaign and talking about it, so they’ve obviously done something right.
I think the message is evident though – they’re trying to empower women to appreciate who they really are, and to question their harsh judgements of themselves. We’ve all been guilty of it. We all look in the mirror and complain instead of celebrating the things we’re good at, and the things we have.
I used to position things in my head as… “I’ve been doing it wrong for a while now…. ” Instead I want to be more like my little inspiration’s “Daily Affirmation” and celebrate the things I am good at. I have struggled with healthy eating, but that does not mean that I am doing poorly. I push myself at Femme Fitale every week. I am trying to make the changes I want to see in myself, and the existence that I create for myself. I’ve been working hard on the physical fitness aspect for a long time now, and I just need to marry this dedication to healthy eating.
“I love my house, I love my hair…..I love my pajamas… and I can do anything good… Yeah! YEAH! Yeah!!! ”