the radical idea that all bodies are valuable and deserve to have healthy fun
Our culture constantly inundates us with images of perfect bodies and instructions for how we can get them. The not so subtle message being that if we don’t have sculpted abs and bulging biceps there is something wrong with us. After a while our bodies can feel like haunted houses chock full of creepy thoughts and western beauty standard ghosts. Unfortunately, these jerks just love to jump out and scare the crap out of us when we are at our most vulnerable. It’s time to call on our inner Bill Murray/Kate McKinnon and get to busting these freaky dudes. What body ghosts hate most is having the bright lights of awareness shined in their spooky faces. Talking and laughing about them with other ghostbusting humans will also scare them off. So wash off the ectoplasm and get to bustin’ your inner ghosts. After all, “You ain’t afraid of no ghost!”
Book of Your Body
If we could collect all the messages you’ve received about your body throughout your life it would probably be a War-and-Peace-sized tome. All of these messages—many of which are hurtful and degrading—can add up and really bog you down. And speaking of War and Peace, these stories can lead to a constant civil war inside us. And who has the time and energy to be dealing with an invading army of super models and skinny jean drones? It's time we took back the book of our bodies, rip out the pages we don’t like and write in new messages of self-acceptance and love. Write the book of your amazing body and then leave it in the bathroom for everyone to read.
A snowflake is a fragile, beautiful wonder of nature that needs to live in a certain environment in order to sparkle, just like you. You would never yell at a snowflake and tell it to tough it out in the desert, yet when you put yourself in a non-supportive fitness habitat you are doing just that. It’s time to stop being a mean P.E. teacher to your inner snowflake, even if its gym shorts are on backwards and he can’t run a mile in under an hour. Instead honor your sensitivities, preferences, sharp spots and wondrous weirdness. What conditions will help you be healthy and best polish the grab bag of uniqueness that is you?