Today I found my sister working out and was confused as to why. She’s only 14 and should be mixing weird ice cream flavors and going to hang out with friends not doing yoga and 10 minute intense ab workouts. So i asked her why she was exercising and she replies ‘to get in shape’. I was a little upset by this because shes only 14, why should she worry about body image? Shes already thin so i was worried she was harming herself.
Before i gave her the ‘society’s expectations for the physical appearance of women is bullshit’ speech i asked why
And do you know what she said?
“I wanna kick ass”
She wasnt working out to get the perfect summer bod, she was working out to fucking KICK ASS. She said that she wanted to learn martial arts n shit but first she wanted to punch like a hard ass and impress everyone with her muscles
And i was so damn shocked. Now all it seems girls work out for is an hourglass figure and a flat stomach but no, this 14 year old just wants to be strong enough to kickass.
Society tells us that our bodies have to be this perfect replica of friggin Jessica Rabbit. It tells us that the only reason we should work out is to get skinny. It tells us that girls with more weight than others need to diet and jog 5 km a day.
Why should we as women exercise and diet to get the perfect, skinny hourglass body, big butt, and big boobs figure to please men and society??
If we’re going to exercise shouldn’t it be for our OWN benefit? To kick ass? To feel strong, confident and pretty?
Instead of pretending to know what gluten is and hating our bodies, shouldn’t we love them?
Ladies, if you’re going to exercise and diet do it because you want to, not because of unrealistic body portrayals of women.
Do it because you love yourself
Do it to become strong
Do to to become confident
Do it because you want to show off your muscles
Do it like a girl, like a 14 year old girl.
You’re beautiful as you are. But it you’re like me, a sugar addict and a chronic comfort eater or just looking to get to a healthier weight and healthier body, here are some tips that are helping for me!
Enchant your water bottle! Encourage it not only to physically and mentally cleanse your body, but also to help give you strength to resist unhealthy food and instead crave all those lovely veggies and healthy alternatives.
Thank your deities or the universe for the food you eat, and ask them to help your body use it to the best of its ability.
Grow your own veggies! Things like herbs, tomatoes, broad beans, salad leaves, purple sprouting broccoli are all pretty easy for beginners with encouraging results! Gardening is extremely relaxing and an excellent way to meditate and ground yourself and connect with the earth. Garden witchcraft is a wonderful area to investigate. You then know exactly where the food you’re eating has come from and think of all the magicky goodness you will have infused it with during the growing process!
As with any food magic, look at the magical associations and correspondences of the herbs and spices that you’re using. Your bolognese has bay leaves, garlic, rosemary, thyme, sage and salt in it? Looks like you’ve got yourself a purification spell! Your salad has tomato, apple, avocado, basil, chilli peppers, beets? Is that a love spell you’ve created? 99% of magic and being a witch in general is intent. You’d be amazed how many cohesive spells you create with your food. All you need to add is a dash of magical intent.
Sigils! Always a versatile choice. You can create any you want, be it for willpower and motivation, appreciation, energy, exercise, good sleep, nutrient absorption. And you can draw them in your meals in sauce, or etch it into your spatula, store in your cook books, or keep in your utensil drawer, your refrigerator, on your water bottle. The possibility are endless.
I hope these may be of help to someone else out there. It’s important to stay positive when it comes to diet or, as I know only too well, it can be easy to slip into unhealthy or even dangerous habits. I’m rooting for you! And you really are beautiful just as you are :)
My first progress picture of 2017 - four months of hard work!
Left: 200 lbs.
Right: ~175 lbs. (an estimate since I haven’t weighed myself in a few weeks)
I was desperate for some new jeans at the beginning of this year. I remember feeling so disappointed with the way they fit me, especially around my midsection. But I took a picture in the dressing room and swore I would post it a few months later with drastic changes. And here we are! I can actually slide these jeans off of me now without unbuttoning them lol 😂
This is my third attempt at losing weight by eating mostly whole, unprocessed foods and increasing my activity to create a healthy deficit. Life got in the way before, but I’m going to do it this time!
I’m likely a few pounds away from my lowest weight (again, I haven’t weighed myself in April) and then I’ll be on my way to my goal weight of 150 pounds☀️☀️☀️☀️
In 1967, the sugar industry paid top scientists at Harvard University $50,000 to downplay sugar’s role in coronary heart disease and diabetes. Instead, the scientists falsely promoted the idea that fat was the leading cause, which is why many diets today still focus around being low fat. -Further reading.-
When changing your eating habits or attempting to lose weight - check in with yourself every once in a while and ask, “Is what I’m doing sustainable?” The answer will tell you if you’re on a temporary diet with temporary results (and possibly long term consequences) or if you’re making permanent healthy lifestyle changes.