I honestly don't think I can take it anymore.
If I hear one more lady in a changing room complain about their weight loss struggles, ESPECIALLY if they are already a size 10.... or if they have already lost a considerable amount of weight (when will enough be a enough - when you reach your goal? Who helped you set your goal?) I really think I might explode.
Gym culture. Gah! Protein. Macros. Lifting heavy sh*t. No one smiling at each other. Prowling the weights rack and protecting the bench like it was their young. PTs giving ridiculous advice to clients they really aren't aligned to be training with... BORE OFF!!!
I've worked in the Fitness Industry for 17 years now and I've seen it change, particularly in recent years as people get more desperate to conform to what they see being shown in films, adverts, programmes, which celebrate muscles, lots of muscles, on ladies too... Is strong the new skinny? (Actually skinny with muscles is the new skinny so double the pressure.)
Make it stop!
I wanna get off!
I think we should break up. We've just drifted apart. We want different things. It's not you, it's me. I've grown out of this relationship. Sorry Fitness Industry, I've met someone new. The Body Positivity Movement just seems to get me. She doesn't tell me what I should do to change, she accepts me just as I am.
Who knows what the future holds for the Fitness Industry but I for one will be focusing my attention elsewhere, helping women to love what they have got going on right now with all their lumps and bumps, curves and edges. I will be giving them permission to be TOTALLY OK with their body shape and any physical activity they undertake is purely for feeling fabulous.
The bible says in 1 Timothy 4:8, about exericse...
For physical training is of some value
That's all it says... IN THE WHOLE BIBLE- THAT'S ALL IT SAYS ABOUT EXERCISE... It is of some value! And I've spent my entire adult life surrounding myself with something which is only of SOME value!
The rest of the verse is this...
...but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
Based on this alone, I have to urge you all to put exercise into the perspective of your eternal lives. Do you know Jesus? If you don't yet, just ask Him in and He will give you rest, He will strengthen you in times of weakness and He will heal your wounds.
I didn't expect to end this blog with this mini sermon but at the end of the day it ALWAYS comes back to Him, the Alpha and the Omega, my Rock.
Have a blessed day...... and some cake.