Workshop Wednesday: Why Your Weight Loss Tactic Is Wrong

10:00 AM

Every year, it seems that everyone has the same list to begin their year. Their list of things they wish to change about themselves either collect dust over time, or gain more things they don't like about them. A friend of mine always said that everyone's at the gym January and February. Come March, everyone's back to the same routine. I feel that this is true for April and May because everyone wants to achieve their beach body and look good in a bikini.

It's quite tough out in the world now a days. It doesn't matter how many "love your body" campaigns come out; it's hard to take the standard of beauty from the people. It's the harsh truth. People can love their body even if it's not what society deems "pretty," but it won't matter. People seem to always have an opinion on other people; people they don't even know. "She's too skinny." "She's too fat." "Her boobs are too big; they must be fake." It's quite sad. Because of the standards in beauty, all sorts of diets and exercise equipments make money off the people who want to fit into the guideline of beauty according to society.

There are two sides to this story. Not everyone who goes on a diet wants to be slim and look good for everyone. There are people who lose weight because their lives actually depend on it, but let's not wait until that happens before we do something about it.

I've been through it all. I've been in all sorts of diet, tried supplements, but for what? Just so people will like me? I'm not gonna lie, I've always wanted to lose weight to get the guy. Recently, I've even tried to lose weight for a bikini body. It wasn't until I started dancing again did I realize how out of shape I was. When I was back in the Philippines, going up and down the stairs is a chore because I wouldn't be able to catch my breath. That should've been my trigger to want to be healthy, but no. It was always because some body called me fat, or compared to my friends or cousins who truly are beautiful, but they're not me. People can be so mean and judgmental; but, this doesn't mean you need to be hard on yourself.

If you have ever heard someone call you fat, skinny, cow, twig, write it all on a piece of paper and crumple that paper and say this mantra out loud, "These words don't define me." Don't let words bring you down, because at the end of the day those words define the person who used it on you. Everyone judges everyone, but remember the saying "if you have nothing good to say, better say nothing at all" (or something like that). If you have nothing better to say, it's better if you keep your thoughts to yourself. If you actually cared and that's why you're "saying something" I have a better solution. Help the person you care for. They say it's easier to be healthy when you're with someone who is doing the same. Encourage one another, instead of bringing them down. No one wins by just calling someone fat or skinny.

You are beautiful. Now pass this to a friend who needs words of encouragement!

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