I’m sitting at LaGuardia airport in NYC, waiting for boarding, with my fitness plan ready and goal set. Or, a better word, a vision. A vision of me in a bikini… in the best shape ever. Not that I look bad or am unhappy with my shape, but there is always room for improvement, right? And there is quite a story to how that vision came along. It took a while to distinguish between what was true and false, but I got it eventually. Read along, ladies, and may be it will sound familiar. So it started with my love for fashion, beauty and reading. All those combined equals a bunch of great women’s magazines. That came with a bunch of this:
Models. Hundreds and thousands of them. Photoshopped or not, naturally skinny or just starved, healthy or not really… Nothing even close to my body type (and I am actually happy about this fact, being 5’7’’ and 125 lbs works great for me!). But still. What we constantly see shapes our ideals. This stuff is everywhere we set our eyes. There is no way around it.
Until one day when those magazines stopped coming because of the post office error – the day of a blessing, as it turned out to be! I just had to devour some eye candy while waiting for a flight, so I picked up a fitness magazine instead. Wow. WOW! 2 hours of my life disappeared somewhere in the ocean of awesomeness. I’m constantly on the lookout for the new info, so I went online for the research’s sake, healthy tips, nutrition, motivation and got hooked looking at those ladies’ marvelous physique. …Two weeks later, when my usual girlie magazines arrived, my eyes didn’t like what they saw. It stopped being “the normal”. I got used to seeing strength, results of determination, hard work and dedication, beautiful shapes and muscles… This!
And this is my standard of beauty. Now don’t get me wrong, if you are 6’6’’ and 110 lbs, you are still beautiful, like every woman is. We are all born different and being in our best shape means a different thing for every one of us. It’s important to find that unique vision of the best YOU, not that model in the magazine who may be dreams about having your round butt or shapely shoulders. You! Start changing “the normal”. Get that correct mental image stuck in your head and move towards it, step by step. Every day. I can do it. You can do it!
P.S. Now, if you are a guy
, same thing applies. May be you have in your head that picture of a mountain of muscles you want to become, but your body is unique, and the way you will look at your best could be different from whatever poster image you have in mind. Read more about it here