Like most people, my email inbox gets very full. And most of the emails are not notes from friends that I actually want to read. Most of it is advertising.
I know that I’m an easy target because I have a known addiction: I am a magazine whore.
I have three or four different magazine subscriptions going at a time. When they come up for their yearly renewal, I’ll switch it up and try different ones. I’ve even tried to stop subscribing a few times, but it never lasts.
So, it’s no surprise that I get ads and offers from magazines all the time.
But I got one the other day that made me really mad.
It was from Runner’s World or Runner’s Times, or some other running magazine. No, I don’t run anymore, but my name probably stayed on their list.
They were offering a subscription for people who hadn’t run in a while. Giant white letters across the top of the magazine and the email said: Run Your Butt Off.
My first thought was, “F*#! You, Runner’s World!” I may have actually flipped off my computer screen.
After I pushed the delete button, hard, I realized why I was so upset.
I am tired of the assumption that all women want to be thinner. As if we can’t be ok with ourselves as we are now. As if we can’t workout to be healthy and fit. It always has to be about getting skinny.
Well, skinny is not my goal.
It has taken me awhile, but now I not only accept my body as it is, but I actually appreciate my curves. And I am not going back.
When I first started running in college, it was about getting skinny. It became an addiction. I wanted to see how thin I could get and how small my clothes could become.
But my body is meant to have curves and no matter how much I ran, I couldn’t loose my booty.
I used to fantasize that while I ran my butt would fall off. I would go fast enough, and the cheeks would just plop right off and land on the sidewalk. In my mind I would see them there, jiggling on the cement. And I’d run off and leave them behind.
It never happened.
And now I’m glad.
I like my body the way it is.
I don’t want to be skinny and I don’t really care what size of pants I wear. And I’m not the only one.
Yes, I workout. I want to be strong and healthy. And fit. I do want to see more definition in my muscles and I want to be able to do real push-ups.
But I don’t want to lose my butt.
I’m getting tired of all forms of the media who are trying to make us hate ourselves so that we will want to change ourselves, using their products of course.
Wouldn’t they be able to make just as much money by saying, “Hey come and get fit and healthy with us”?
Maybe if we all focus on loving and accepting ourselves as we are, we won’t buy their fear tactics. And when none of us are buying, they’ll have to change what they sell.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about being healthy. But thick thighs and a muscular booty are a part of healthy. We don’t have to be skinny to be fit.
The funny thing is, I’m actually thinking about running again. But I won’t be buying those magazines. Because I don’t want to run my butt off.
I love my butt just where it is.
Do you feel pressure to lose weight? How do you feel about your body? Is exercise about health or getting thin?
In case your interested, my favorite fitness magazine is Oxygen. It is not about getting thin. The models are muscular, not skinny, and they have exercises for building up your butt. That’s my kind of magazine!