Over on my other blog, I host a monthly goal linky party. The idea is to get us paying attention to our goals, and to have support for us as we work towards being successful with them. Also, everyone who links up throughout the year is entered to win (one entry per linkup-so you could be entered 12 times!) a huge prize at the end of the year. It's very exciting.
So I'm going to list my fitness goals for April here as well:
A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"
The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:
"Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness. They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia. They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.
Mermaids do not exist.
But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish? They would have no sex life and could not bear children. Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad. And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?
Without a doubt, I'd rather be a whale.
At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.
We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies. We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated. Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: "How amazing am I ?! "
*NOTE* I've been told that this comes from How I Met Your Mother! I love that show!
That was the description attached to the Pin above on Pinterest. I got the rest of the story from HERE.
I felt the need to share the pin and the story.
Now, while I still would very much like to lose weight and be thinner, I don't want to be a stick figure. I don't want to lose my breasts, my hips, my thick thighs and my curves. I want to lose some of those parts, but still keep a nice curvy thickness because I feel that it's beautiful. Though if you're thin and in shape, you are still beautiful too. If everyone looked the same, it would be a very boring world. Diversity is beautiful.
I'm not aiming for a size 4. I'm hoping for a 10 or 12, and to be in good shape with those lovely curves. I am aiming for a health level that allows me to climb stairs and hike mountains without feeling winded. For the ability to run and not stop running until I want to. That is what I'm aiming for.
However I think we get caught up in our quest for weight loss, and forget to love ourselves where we are at this moment as well. You don't have to be satisfied with it, but you do still need to love it. Love yourself while working to change, or you'll never change. Love yourself PERIOD.