Workout Wednesday: Bodies May Vary

11.20.2013

I, like 99% of you out there, (except maybe Kate Middleton, she is far from mere mortal) have a human body. That means weight fluctuates, we have good and bad hair days, sometimes we feel hot then the very next day maybe not. I am here to bust the myth that there are people out there that look perfect 100% of the time.

Especially when it comes to fitness and "fitspo" as its called we can get caught in a trap of looking at someone else's body and feeling so bad about ours that we may lose motivation to even keep working out. I have so been there (pass the entire box of Oreos please).

First of all my hat is (way, way) off to the girls who are the fitness models/bodybuilders who watch every single thing that goes in their mouth and work out for hours every day. I actually tried doing that for about a month and realized that lifestyle was not very conducive to my daily doughnut habit, and my gym and I have a love hate relationship.

I am at a place of peace with my body. I work out about 5 days a week. Currently I am doing barre workouts 2-3 times and then hitting the gym for 45 mins of cardio the other days. For my eating habits I follow the 80/20 rule of good, clean healthy food 80% of the time and then whatever I want the other 20%. This is not a diet plan it is simply what works for me and what I can live and thrive on. 

Back to what I was saying about bodies may vary. I consider myself to be in pretty good shape and eat decently. But I absolutely have good and "off" days and those thoughts can change just a day apart. If I am having a good eating day/week and have been working out regularly, drinking lots of water, and laughing so hard I get a sick pack I can look like this:

I had been eating healthy all week with minimal junk food and had just done an ab tape. 
 But this is what happens if even the next day after taking these I drink lots of pop, eat foods really high in sodium, overeat junk and don't hydrate like I should:

Not even pushing out my stomach. Just a very bloated day after eating a completely unhealthy meal at Cheesecake Factory, drinking a ton of pop and not working out. 
Plus good lighting, time of day, what I ate beforehand etc. all plays a role in how you look in your pictures. So all I'm saying is lets stop trying to chase fitness perfection and instead start looking to become healthier. Its not to say stop looking at inspirational pictures, but it is saying cut yourself some slack, enjoy life and food and realize we all have our own individual triumphs and setbacks.

What you see in some pictures can be the result of photoshop, a strict diet, thousands of hours of sweat in the gym and sometimes just plain old genetics and a good camera angle. On bad days I try to focus on what else my body does for me: dancing, breathing, hugging, walking, jumping, existing, and it does all this despite a six pack, thigh gap and with some cellulite and thats a damn amazing thing ;)

10 comments :

  1. Skinny doesn't always mean healthy. I have a bunch of friends who eat crappy food all day long and don't gain a pound. (talk about great genes) They may look great in clothes but they would have a hard time running or doing a challenging workout. Finding a balanced lifestyle of eating healthy and working out is where it is at. You just have to keep in mind what lifestyle you want and how you want to look in your clothes. Fit is the new skinny!! Get it girl!

    rachel
    www.revolvingmarket.blogspot.com

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    1. Absolutely! Thats why I always try to focus on health and wellness not necessarily what the scale says. My role model is someone who looks good by eating well and working out but also enjoys life and indulges sometimes. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. Fabulous post!!!! I really needed to read this today!!!! Thank you for being honest and showing a not so great pic. I'm bookmarking this blog post to read on bad & good days for motivation. Thank you!

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  3. Kudos for keeping it real! ;) I really want to get back to exercising and getting my stomach flat again. I have never had a problem with weight but I'm a year postpartum now and having my stomach so incredibly stretched out these last two times has left a little pooch. I don't like it, but I haven't done much about it. I plan on starting ab exercises again next week. Hopefully I don't fall off the wagon again.

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  4. Hi Kelly! First of all, thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog.
    You are so beautiful and are in very good shape! I really enjoyed reading this post. I've been eating healthy food, avoiding sugar and I feel so much better. Some people care about their weight, not about their health, which is more important. Thanks for sharing this. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. I see that I'm the only male here but I had to congratulate you on the excellent feat that you have achieved :D Those abs don't just look very sexy but are a sign of a FIT person. Keep inspiring us like you do Kelly !

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  6. This is why I like you- you're willing to share the good and the bad. :) You look totally fit and fabulous, and it's great that you have such a healthy outlook on staying in shape AND sane.

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  7. This is awesome - love this post - thanks for "keeping it real." I think anyone and everyone can relate to this! And your "good" picture is amazing and definitely inspiring!
    -Carylee
    morepom.blogspot.com

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  8. What an inspiring post! Wow, I absolutely agree with you. I consider myself healthy, but those exact pictures you posted are exactly what I go through on a weekly basis. I'm so glad that you are honest. Love this post!!!

    xo Mel
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  9. Keep on writing, great job!

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