So, you look in the mirror and tell yourself "Girl, you got a little thick lately" or "I can stand to drop a few pounds" - which is perfectly fine. However, looking at a magazine and wondering why you can't look like the girl on the cover and then working out and practically starving yourself to get there is NOT ok. I repeat, NOT ok.
*Before I get any backlash, I know that I used a Victoria's Secret photo with the model, but I am purely focused on the bikini, not being shaped like the model.*
Ok, anyways, it's not ok to try to model yourself like these models out here. While you're at home asking why you can't look like the girl on the magazine, the girl on the magazine is wondering why she can't look like the girl on the magazine. Seriously, these photo editors can make pictures look like ANYTHING so we can't even tell what real is anymore.
We're so programmed to think that skinny is the only acceptable body-style, when there are so many other beautiful bodies out there. There are small frames, tall frames, short frames, athletic frames, large frames, curvy frames, thin frames, etc.
I, too, was caught up in the whole skinny body. When I was a freshman in college 4 years ago, I lost so much weight. I ended up weighing in at about 124 pounds. Now, don't think about the number. I'm 5'5 and I have a body frame that isn't meant to be skinny. Here's a pic of what I look like-
So, by looking at the picture (which is actually a before pic I'm a lot more defined now, but that's for later) you can estimate that I weighed (then) 150 pounds. You can only imagine how sick I looked at my smallest weight.
Once I got out of the mindset that skinny was it and stopped relying on a scale, I started to look at fitness models. They were eating a lot more than I was and they had these GORGEOUS bodies! They were fit, tight and well-muscled for their frames. Here's one of my favorites-
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AVA COWAN! She worked out for HER OWN body-type and she looks phenomenal!
Trust me (I've done the un-fun legwork) it's so much better to work out for YOUR own UNIQUE body-type instead of the media-branded "typical body". The results will be yours and yours alone. So, commit to be fit for your OWN body frame!