Body Positive

Quarantine 15 and Why It’s Toxic

Let’s talk quarantine weight. There has been a lot of talk about the “Quarantine 15″ and gaining weight during quarantine in general. In my opinion this is extremely toxic because if you think about it, if the only ‘bad” thing that comes from this quarantine for you is gaining weight, you are pretty lucky. There are bigger problems going on in the world right now than gaining weight. Not to mention that gaining weight is not always a bad thing. Your body is leaving this quarantine having carried you through a global pandemic without getting sick (or it recovered from sickness). That’s pretty incredible! So being upset or annoyed by gaining a few pounds or having more prominent pudge is not productive in the slightest. As long as you took care of yourself, whether that’s taking a break from the cardio workouts or trying out new nutritious recipes, or even getting more sleep, that’s all that matters. Instead of putting so much pressure on your body to maintain a certain shape through a changing environment, choose to focus on what your body did for you through this weird time and choose to love, appreciate, and care for it as it keeps you alive and breathing through the craziness that is life.

Let’s Talk Stretch Marks

Ah yes, stretch marks. Our body’s natural reaction to growth and development. How amazing and beautiful that is? Our body’s are making space for our growth and maturity in this world. Yet, we judge and hate them. Why is that? That’s a genuine question too. Has society conditioned us to believe our body’s natural, biological reactions and being is ugly? Yup. Society has brainwashed you into going AGAINST human nature. It’s our body’s NATURE to stretch and scar. It’s NATURAL and NECESSARY in order to grow into the beautiful matured body’s we have as adults. So why would we waste our emotional energy staring at our tiger stripes seeing them as “ugly” instead of accepting, loving, and embracing them as they are? Those are BATTLE scars girl, SHOW THEM OFF. Your body has stretched and grown in order to take up space in this never ending universe. Your body is telling you that you are capable of taking up space, changing, and becoming what you desire to be. That’s amazing! Respect, LOVE, and APPRECIATE your battle scars and tiger stripes. You are growing into a stronger and more capable version of yourself. Live like it.

All Bodies are Summer Bodies

The fact that we focus so much on what our body looks or feels like depending on the season is toxic and so wrong. Now let me tell you exactly why that is. Nature and our body’s are naturally linked. Think about it, our body reacts to certain weather right? The sun helps our body’s release endorphins (bringing us joy), we sweat when it’s hot outside, we loose circulation in cold temperatures to protect our most important organs. Because of this, our body’s are going to change in each season of life. So why are we trying to act like our body’s are a pick and choose dress up game. NO! Every human on earth could do the same workouts for the same amount of time, eat the same way, and wear the same clothes and STILL everybody would look different. Let that sink in. Our body’s exist as they are because they are all different and need different things to survive in this crazy world. The extra chub on your stomach that no matter what you eat, what exercise you do, and what jeans you wear won’t slim down? Yeah, it’s not supposed to because it’s there for a reason. Our body’s are a lot smarter than we are. Our body’s shift and change for a reason, and a valid one too. Our body’s also hold memories, joy, hardship, accomplishment. So why would we ever try to shape those experiences into what will fit in the tiny bikini that can barely fit an ant. Our body’s hold the stress and anxiety that we bravely fight off, they hold the late night ice cream runs with friends filled with laughter, they hold the long sport practices and the late night study snacking. Our body’s lovingly give us the capacity to experience all these things. So why in the world would we try to erase these memories just to fit a photoshopped mirror pic on social media. Exactly, there’s not a single reason we would. Society is brainwashing you into hate. So wear the bikini and eat the ice cream cone.

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