When I was a teen, I compared myself to other, smaller-boned girls and to models, and I always came up wanting. When one of my nieces was in grammar school, she used to grab her thighs and proclaim herself fat. I would stare at her in dismay because she was a pretty little girl with a lithe body. She didn’t have an ounce of extra fat on her. How do you convince her that she’s not fat?? Luckily, she grew up with a decent body image.
But I didn’t. And that messes with your life. So here I am, many years later, and I’m reclaiming my life. I’m exercising to lose weight and to increase muscle. I’m exercising to lower cholesterol and to help lower my blood glucose levels. People should mainly be exercising to increase strength and mobility, to be the fittest that they can be, and increase longevity, not to try to look like some model’s picture in a magazine that’s been Photoshopped. Everyone’s body is different. Some will get washboard abs, but most won’t.
But that’s OK. Just be the healthiest and fittest YOU can be. And do it for yourself and nobody else.