Monday, 30 June 2014

On: Body Image

Last weekend, whilst nursing a lemon and ginger tea and trying to ward off the headache/tiredness from a full day of drinking, my friend and I discussed the topic of body image at length. What started off as a bitch about 'office diets’ soon turned into a discussion on the underlying issue; body image.

Those of us who cut out carbs, go on a juice fast or skip lunch in order to achieve a 'bikini body', sometimes need reminding of how completely bizarre the notion is and to practice a bit of self love.

Firstly, who or what is this bikini body based on? Some skinny celeb we've seen enhanced or candidly caught on the front of Hello magazine? Your body ALREADY IS your bikini body. You're the shape of a lady. Now if you want that to be more toned by all means go ahead, do what your body is made to do and move. If like me, you've got hips, a booty and quite a bust you're going to have to find a new role model. I suggest you choose yourself. Strive to make yourself the best version of you, or at least appreciate what you've got. I turned out with curves, I never had them when younger but now I embrace and appreciate them. This booty was built on years of Galaxy Cookie Crumble and Milkybar yoghurts, and I have no regrets.

Secondly, how long are you actually in a bikini for? All of 10 days?! We live in the UK, not freaking LA. When you have said bikini on, who on earth is taking time to analyse every lump, bump and spider vein? At the end of the day, if you're happy then your bikini body is happy. Feed it, love it and move it!

Thirdly, and finally, your body is a pretty amazing machine. The other day I bared my legs and spotted several previously unseen spider veins in the mirror of TK Maxx. Before a full on breakdown occurred I reminded myself that these veins are proof my body is a living, working thing. Transporting blood around all 5'6 of me is no easy task; my veins are testament to that. And besides, who is looking at my legs through a magnifying glass anyway? The same goes for your bikini body. If you don't have rock hard abs, you probably have some nice in-built warmth for the winter or your hips looks rocking in a Joan-from-Mad-Men-Dress. Don't forget that those celebs we base ourselves on don't have 9-5 jobs, they have time to dedicate to looking good, and they all know it is part and parcel of their jobs. The rest of us don't have time to juice fast and eat the same fantastically balanced salad every day, we have other shit to do.

All I’d like is for summer to roll around and not be bombarded with adverts, images and conversations about being ready for my bikini or the summer. All 4 weeks of it we get in the UK... I’d rather be healthy, happy and to look in the mirror and see myself, not someone I’d rather be or parts I’d rather change.

8 comments:

  1. "You're going to have to find a new role model. I suggest you choose yourself". BEST THING I'VE READ IN AGES.

    I so so so so so need to read this like every day at the moment. I panic and fret about my body (stomach and because of the SODDING MEDIA, thigh gap) ALL THE TIME. I don't need to though. It's a pretty awesome body. It walks me four miles a day, deals with the crap I put it through and HEALS ITSELF. Like seriously- our bodies are bloody amazing things.

    Alice xx |The Cup and Saucer

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    1. Thank you Alice! Your kind words mean a lot and I agree about how amazing healing is. BRAVO BIOLOGY x

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  2. I spend just about every waking moment of every day hating my body :(

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  3. I love this post, especially the lady shaped bit. We really do come in all different shapes and sizes but the confidence that comes with learning to love ourselves is much more sexy than a "perfect" bikini body. I am glad to see you blogging again lady :)

    Ann xx
    Prattle and Froth

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  4. I love this post Becca and think you're completely right. It's becoming such an obsession across more and more people, and even kids are jumping on the band wagon of trying to look good just for Summer. It's just worrying how far some people will go as well. Love the last line of this, I'd rather be happy and healthy too!

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    1. Ah thank you so much, I hope you have a great summer! x

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  5. Great post and so true. Women spend most of their lives worrying about their weight, what they eat, what they don't eat. How they look, how they don't look, wanting something else. Love the body and life your in. Really enjoyed reading this Lucy

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