Getting fit is tricky business, and it’s tempting to believe that if we take up jogging we’ll magically transform from a size 16 to an 8.
But life - and our bodies - aren’t that simple as Chinae Alexander, a fitness blogger from Brooklyn, has emphasised in a recent Instagram post.
Alexander, 30, transformed her body after discovering a love for weightlifting, but has recently reminded her fans that being thin is not the key to happiness.
She posted a photo of how she looked in the past alongside a photo of her now, saying: “I’m not the thinnest I’ve ever been. (sic)
“Certainly not the fattest (see example no.001 where I weighed 225). But I’m most definitely the happiest.”
She went on to say that the way we rate ourselves - in measurements, weight and what we buy - doesn’t define our joy in life.
“The number on the scale, the brand of your shoes, the space between your thighs, the size of your breasts… None of that is a barometer for joy, so why do we treat them that way?
“It’s like you’re in the desert desperately needing a glass of water and someone handing you a baseball bat instead.
“It makes no sense in the context of your ACTUAL needs.
“We NEED to understand wholly why we feel shame, or disappointment, or a lack of confidence…and use our energies toward correcting it.
“The beauty of all of this is that you can simultaneously love yourself and work on yourself.”
Hear hear, Alexander.
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