I read this article by Today Health about how Pinterest may be fueling an unhealthy fitness obsession. The obsession can come in the form of exercise or eating. When you read it you’ll see that the inspiration is coming in two forms: fitspiration and thinspiration. What is the difference?
Fitspiration inspires people to get and stay fit.
Thinspiration looks a lot like fitspiration but encourages protruding bones and excessive behaviors.
On my Monday Motivation posts I like to post pictures of fitspiration. These pictures inspire me (hopefully) to get off of the couch and get sweating. I want to motivate myself to have a better body, better health and a better life. I don’t want a thin, waifish body, I want muscles. I want to be proud of what I have worked for. But so many people today wish to be thin, not fit. Thinspiration encourages people, mostly women, to eat less, exercise for unhealthy lengths of time and to strive for skinny.
Do you know the difference between the two?
Honestly, there are times when I seriously struggle with it. I have wanted to be more fit and thinner for years. I have love handles. I love inner thigh chub. I am not always comfortable wearing a bathing suit. But, I bring it on myself. I had a really healthy breakfast this morning of some steel cut oats with 1/2 a banana mixed in. Then I went ahead and had a huge handful of Swedish fish. I sadly say that my snack canceled out my breakfast in a way.
I have had issues with eating for the past 8 years. I have been a binge eater for as long as I can remember. I eat in order to fill the void. What void? I am not sure really. I do know that I binge when I am alone more than any other time. When I am alone no one can see how much I eat, or what I eat. I always tell myself that I will stop, that this time was the last time, but that never really works. After 8 years of body hating, you think I would have found out what works for me by now, right? Wrong in every way. I am still unhappy with my body. I still hate that I can’t get to my goal weight. I still hate that I have to worry about how much I eat.
I want to have a healthy body image and a healthy relationship with food. I want to not have to count calories. I want to be strong and fit. I want to be at my best, not only for myself, but for my family.
This is more my body type than any other picture I have found on the internet. The difference is that she is the “Fittest Woman on Earth” and I am just overweight.
This is Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet. She is a CrossFit goddess from what I read. While I will never be able to CrossFit, she is the same height as I am and I know that this is similar to what my body looks like when I am fit. I may not be as muscly as she is, but she has a very similar body to mine. Read more about Camille in Oxygen Magazine, and on BSN.
While I know that I will NEVER look like her, I know that I can strive to be a better me. Because what I have been doing the past 8 years sure isn’t working out very well for me.
Do you have any issues with eating?
Do you tend to snack too much and on the wrong things?