HAPPY FRIDAY GUYS!
Before I begin, I’d like to take a moment of silence to appreciate this breakfast from Wednesday…
I’m calling it “The Balmy Bowl”, because I made this when it was a balmy 40 degrees outside the other day. 😉 It includes a tropical fruit blend and topped with siggi’s Strawberry flavor.
I’ll post the recipe soon! 😀
So now that we’ve officially accepted that it’s 2017, it’s no surprise that “get healthy” is the most popular New Year’s resolution. (You all know how I feel about resolutions.) However, both you and I know that when most people say “get healthy,” they really mean “lose weight.”
When I was scrolling through Instagram yesterday, I noticed a side-by-side picture of a girl with a caption and a hashtag that read “gaining weight is cool.”
I know what you’re thinking though. Gaining weight isn’t cool! If you were to tell someone that you were trying to gain weight, they’d probably say a few things:
- “Lucky you!”
- “Must be nice…”
But listen! This is actually a big deal that this movement is trending on Twitter and Instagram at the time of year when many people are looking to shed a few pounds. I believe this hashtag promotes mental health awareness and the incredible things that recovery leads to. It’s also a reminder that we shouldn’t feel like a failure when the number on the scale goes up, especially when we shouldn’t even be weighing ourselves in the first place. Our society tells us that we have to eat and look a certain way in order to be “healthy”, but that’s not true.
The captions that accompany these side-by-side photos prove that people have lots to gain from putting on a few pounds. Here are a few of my favorite transformations!
Notice anything about the women in the photos? The women on the right seem happier and healthier, right?
Note: These kind of images differ from a normal “fitness selfie”, something I DON’T agree with.
Unfortunately, it makes me sad that gaining weight has a stigma all on it’s own. It’s an overwhelming concept that women are supposed to weigh a certain amount, fit into a certain size, and have a certain body shape. Why is gaining weight always seen as wrong? Our society promotes the idea that weight loss at any size is a good thing. But here’s the thing: gaining weight is NOT a bad thing.
On the left, I was a mere 101 pounds. On the right, I was 115 pounds.
So tell me, was my weight gain a BAD thing? No.
As Megan of “Body Posi Panda” says, “This [revolution] is not about ‘glorifying obesity’…this benefits all people. This teaches all people that they are deserving of acceptance and respect regardless of their outer shells. That health and happiness come in more than one size and that damn it all those sizes are BEAUTIFUL.”
It’s often harder to find positivity on social media that promotes awareness of living a healthy and active life. By starting the trend that gaining weight is cool, it’s a step in the right direction to end the stigma that surrounds mental illness and eating disorders.
Our body weights fluctuate up and down DAILY. Quit obsessing over the number you see on the scale. Love your body for the amazing things it can do.
Let’s be honest, is gaining weight REALLY the worst thing that could happen in your life?
No specific questions today, just your thoughts! 🙂