I'm sure you've heard it before, or if you haven't, you've probably seen some "fitspirational" image on pinterest claiming that "[insert adjective here] is the new skinny." Heck, I've even posted something like that on this here blog awhile back claiming "strong is the new skinny" in conjunction with my goal to strength train a few times a week - but guys, I have seen the error of my ways.
Have you ever seen a "fitspiration" board where the people in the pictures AREN'T trim? Have you ever pinned one of those images without the "I'd kill to have [insert body part here] like that" thought crossing your mind? If you have, you're a better person than I am.
The images and slogans don't inspire me - they're just lies. Why hide behind some other adjective for skinny when it's not really fooling anyone? Images proclaiming "strong is the new skinny" don't make me want to lift weights to get strong or because it looks like so much fun in the picture. If they "inspire" me at all, it's to lift weights to get lean and trim (synonyms for skinny). Pictures of Lululemon-clad yogis don't make me want to run to the gym for a yoga class. They make me jealous of the toned (synonym for skinny) little yoga butt that I don't have. How is that positive?
I could say "strong is the new skinny" til I'm blue in the face, but at the end of the day, my strength training goals, my running, my workouts boil down to what? Getting skinny. "Fit skinny" sure, but skinny nonetheless. Fitting into my skinny jeans or at the very least not having to go buy new ones when I can't squeeze my ass into my favorite ones anymore. Losing weight, toning up, call it what you want. It's all the same.
We're our own worst critics. We beat ourselves up for packing on pounds during the holidays, for slipping up every now and again. We hold ourselves to standards that we'd never impose on our friends and family. We are probably the last ones to notice when we DO succeed in our weight loss goals.
As 2013 winds down and you start reflecting on what your New Years' resolutions for next year will be - it's okay if they include changes to your lifestyle that will result in you being a healthier, happier version of you. It's okay to resolve to lose the last 5lbs or the 40lbs if that's what would get you to your realistic, healthy goal. But instead of resolving to be the new word for skinny, why not resolve to be positive, celebrate successes and recognize your efforts? That's my plan, and I hope you'll join me. You just might find yourself happier and healthier as a result!