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Your Body Is Enough

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On May 18, 2016
Your Body Is Enough

It’s been about four months since I got married, and I’ve gotten more “you put on marriage weight” than “congratulations.”

I’m usually one to brush comments like that off, but lately, I’ve been asking myself a question: What’s wrong with my body?

The answer is simple. Nothing.

It’s incredibly sad that society has allowed women to feel like an extra ten pounds is somehow so life altering that you need a gym routine like the Kardashians. Sure, Kim has successfully managed to lose her baby weight in no time, and that’s great, but I’m not Kim, and that’s okay.

Hollywood glorifies the idea of maintaining a size anywhere between zero and four. But that would mean possibly never being able to eat burgers, donuts, or fried foods again, and that’s a chance I’m just not willing to take. I refuse to believe that beauty and the numbers on a scale are directly linked, and you shouldn’t believe that either. Of course, you should always strive to be healthy, but healthy doesn’t only come in a size two.

The first step to loving your body is to recognize that you’re beautiful just the way you are. There’s nothing wrong with you because you have a stomach pudge or thighs that rub together. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and your body is a testament to that.

Don’t kill yourself in the gym trying to achieve unrealistic goals. If you’re unhappy with your body, start with baby steps and work at it consistently in a way that works best for you. Cut back on your meal portions, try going to the gym a few times a week, and take as many long walks as you can.

That’s what I have to say about appreciating the God-given body that you’re blessed to have. But just in case my option isn’t enough, here’s what a few of our favorite celebrities have to say:

Adele

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“I love food and hate exercise. I don’t have time to work out… I don’t want to be on the cover of Playboy or Vogue. I want to be on the cover of Rolling Stone or Q. I’m not a trendsetter, I’m a singer. I’d rather weigh a ton and make an amazing album… my aim in life is never to be skinny.”

Kelly Clarkson

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“Everyone in the magazines is Photoshopped! Beyoncé is one of the most beautiful girls in the world but she gets Photoshopped too. We’re all human! It affected me when people were saying about me and some other artists that we were the ‘thicker’ ones. I’d be a liar if I said I was always fine with it. But I’m wise enough by now to know that you’re never going to please everyone so you may as well stop trying.”

Rihanna

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“You shouldn’t be pressured into trying to be thin by the fashion industry, because they only want models that are like human mannequins. They know that if we see an outfit on a mannequin in a shop window we will love it and want to buy it whatever size we are. That’s why they have size zero models — they want to sell clothes. But you have to remember that it’s not practical or possible for an everyday woman to look like that. Being size zero is a career in itself so we shouldn’t try and be like them. It’s not realistic and it’s not healthy.”

It’s true what they say; beauty truly does come from within. Look yourself in the mirror and own your curves, girl!