Sorry Barbie! We are all uniquely beautiful & we love it! Read more…
Sorry Barbie. I know a woman who hates you so much that as a middle school science teacher, she puts you in her science experiments, has students rocket launch you as high as they can over the soccer field, then measure your distance from the horizon. I may be embellishing, but I think during one experiment they blow you up, or see how much heat you can withstand. And you know what Barbie, you can’t take it. You melt, and all your limbs fall off. Sorry Barbie. And you know what? I really am sorry. My own mom is Barbie. Not the glamorous make-up and slick-down-wavey-hair. But she truly is tall, sculpted, skinny-skinny, disproportionate, yet perfectly, naturally curvey, a real blonde, and could wear a paper bag, look beautiful, and say, “I woke up like this.”
But…. unfortunately we know this isn’t the reality for many women. Our arms may be shaped like turkey legs, we have a consistent mini-pudge that never goes away no matter how many sit-ups we do, and have you seen my hair in the morning??? And our feet just don’t fit into high heels as good as yours, Ms. Barbie. And that’s the reality of it. Real women are all shaped uniquely and individually. And no matter how much food we try to avoid (click to read our blog about “food guilt”), we can never attain your standard. Because you’re not real. Not to say that some woman aren’t built like Barbies naturally, and not to call them fake just because they’re thin and beautiful. But can we please start celebrating all body types, especially our own.
Ladies! You cannot love on others unless you learn how to love yourself. Stop shaming yourself, because you are beautiful! All of you! And one way to start loving on you is by taking care of your body and nourishing your body with the right foods (click to read “Curb Your Cravings”). It may seem counter-intuitive to exercise at the end of a long day, or to wake up early and start the cardio after a long night, but it’s actually scientifically proven that exercise creates endorphins, and endorphins make you happy (yes I just quoted Legally Blonde with Reese Witherspoon- ultimate Barbie goals, riiiight?- also please don’t judge me). Exercise is something that has to be a choice, it’s a choice to love on you, and it’s a choice to love on others. That’s something that Jessica has helped me do. And I’m so grateful for that!
~Dance Fitness with Jessica, Real Woman