{NEDA Week Re-Post} Embracing the Buff

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

While I’ve never struggled with an eating disorder, in the past I have struggled with disordered eating and a warped image of myself and of what it means to be beautiful.

Eating disorders spring out of a desire to be something that you’re not. Often, that “something you’re not” is an ideal push upon us by others. Whether others are the media, family, or friends.

It took a long time for me to get past what others saw or expected and to see myself as beautiful. To realize that strong is beautiful.

So, I’m sharing this post with you again, to remind you that YOU are beautiful. That your shape is the shape is beautiful.  If you need more proof, check out My Positive Body Image Inspiration Pinterest Board… I’m sure you’ll find some strong, beautiful ladies there…

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Embracing the Buff

(originally posted 12/20/2010)

You may have seen this blog post floating around the internet for the past couple of weeks– On Warped Beauty Standards, and Embracing the Buff. If you haven’t yet read it, I highly recommend it.

If you’re a woman who needs extra reassurance that you won’t look like a female bodybuilder if you lift heavy weights, then you should read this article.

If you’re a woman who needs affirmation that strong is beautiful (and the new skinny?), then you should read this article.

Likewise, if you’re a woman who needs help accepting your muscular shape, then you should read this article.

I admit that I sometimes have trouble accepting my body for being the way it is. I know that I will never look like a ballerina, no matter how hard I try (and believe me, back in the day, I tried…). For me, trying to look like Natalie Portman makes about as much sense as trying to grow 4 inches.

It’s only within the past few years that I’ve been able to happily accept my body– to embrace my shape— for what it really is and stop wishing that it were different. Now I work on improving my real shape by lifting heavy things and eating whole, real food.

I’m much happier when I’m working toward my goal of improving my real body than I am when I’m pining for a body that I’ll never have. 

It’s okay that I have to buy some clothes a size bigger than before and that I can rarely find jeans that fit me– being healthy and being able to use my body (to lift heavy things) totally makes up for it.

It can be hard to get used to buying bigger clothes, but clothing size, like weight is just a number. Not who you are. It does not define me anymore.

Let’s hear it for the strong,  pear-shaped women of the world!

What’s your shape? How do you celebrate it?

On Warped Beauty Standards, and Embracing the Buff by  Kristin D.

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2 Responses to {NEDA Week Re-Post} Embracing the Buff

  1. Marcia February 27, 2012 at 1:09 PM #

    Just one word about this post … LOVE! 🙂

    • Allison February 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM #

      Thank you, Marcia!

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