So this is an issue that has recently been bothering me quite a bit. The use of the term "Real Women." Currently I was out shopping, looking through clothes, when I heard these two women talking behind me. They were staying stuff like " Why do they make size 0's or 2's, "real women" shouldn't be that size," and ""Real women are supposed to have curves."" Immediately I became a tad insecure, as I have always worn the smaller sizes and also lack curves.
When I was younger I was one of the smallest kids - always. As I got older I managed to gain and maintain weight, and am now a perfectly healthy weight for my height. But when I hear rude things about what "Real Women" should look like, that upsets me. It also brings me to my next point, what should "Real Women" look like. As you may have noticed I have been putting the words 'Real Women' in quotation points , as there is no exact structure for what women should look like.
To me, "Real Women" are women who can embrace their body and take care of it. No matter your size, going to the gym will help you with your fitness goals. Do not mistake getting in shape for trying to lose weight. They are completely opposite! Getting in shape is different for everyone. It could be toning up, improving your stamina, or losing or gaining weight for HEALTH purposes- not appearance. Another way of taking care of your body is to eat a balanced diet. I'm not going to tell you to banish junk food and sweets forever, as this would be impossible for me (hehe). What I am going to tell you is to make sure that on most of the days you eat the well rounded diet consisting of fruits and veggies, whole grains, dairy and protein. This way when you eat your favourite dessert, it will feel well deserved instead of feeling guilty. Along with those two tips, drinking 8 glasses of water and getting a good night's sleep are ways that you can take care of your body. When you feel good on the inside, you feel good on the outside as well !
Every one owes it to themselves to be in shape, mentally and physically. So whether you are a size 0 or a size 16 , or whatever size you happen to be, embrace it. There are times when I get upset about having little to no curves, but that is the way my body type is. Learning to love your body can be a struggle, but well worth it. Try not to let those comments from anyone bring you down, because you are all so beautiful.
"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You" - Dr. Seuss.