Tell us something that you (or a person close to you) have done recently (or not so recently) that has made you really, unbashedly proud.
At the start of this year, I have sworn a personal oath to healthy living. I have neglected my fitness and health for a few years by eating anything and everything under the sun. I have let myself go and I regretted it. I gained a lot of weight, and I did not want to stop eating.
Despite not being obese or at risk, I realised that if I want to live long enough to have and raise children of my own, carry on with my career and retire happily with my family, I need to change my lifestyle. My fiancee and I decided to join Herbalife. Along with our health coach, we planned our food intake, exercise and rest. We enjoyed the process. It was tough in the beginning- going back to an active lifestyle after years of sitting on the couch is HARD!!! But we saw (and still see) the benefits. We lost body fat (including visceral fat) whilst gaining muscle mass.
We discovered amazing ways to eat properly – but not starve. We substituted unhealthy food with healthier ones – which is cheaper than we expected. Take a look at some of our meals:
I know that we have only been doing this for half a year, but we are motivated. We have seen the results and we will carry on. We feel good inside and out. We are motivated. We both have never been this healthy, lean and fit. We eat clean but train dirty. Best of all, we are loving it!
I guess I want to brag about this to my old self. That person who always sat on the couch eating doughnuts at 11 o’clock at night. That guy who preferred all-you-can-eat buffets to healthier and cheaper home-cooked meals. That guy who always said that he wants to be ripped and laughed at the people who are unhealthy, but did not look within himself to actually notice that he is the one that he should be laughing at.
Here is a black and white photograph of a naked overweight woman with the writing “Thank you for hating my body” on the front of her body. This photograph was taken on the blog site tumblr.com.
Nowadays a lot of people think that being fat is bad, regardless of the cause. There is widespread stigmatization of overweight people as being lazy, stupid, jolly (for men), unattractive, sick, and many others. Such negativity towards overweight people can be seen all over the media. TV programmes in channels such as Nickolodeon and Disney, which are aimed at children and teenagers, all have skinny protagonists. Most of today’s popular singers, actresses, actors and models are skinny. Even news presenters on TV (I only watch BBC news) are fit and slim. Because of these, negative attitudes toward people who are overweight are reinforced, and are mostly turned into hatred against them. These are probably the reason why this picture was taken.
It is noticable that the woman on the photograph does not look happy. The way that the slogan is written on her naked body and not on clothes is probably a way of telling people that she knows she’s overweight and she knows that because of this, people hate her. By writting THANK YOU FOR HATING MY BODY suggests that she assumes that people automatically pass judgement on her based on her weight and not on her whole personality. She also did not specify who hates her. The message is clearly for everyone- for people of all ages, sexual orientation, ethnicity and culture. The picture is in black and white, not in technicolour, which probably suggests that she feels the stereotype is a known fact to everyone.
Stop fat-shaming. Victims can be traumatized, develop depression, self-harm or commit suicide. Fat-shaming does not help. It makes matters worse. Stop it. Accept people for who they are. Nobody’s perfect now or ever. Why can’t we find the goodness in people?