The Body Image Movement

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I have the opportunity to attend health/fitness events from time to time. Last week I was invited to hear Taryn Brumfitt speak about the Body Image Movement.  Here’s a quick summary of what this movement is all about, per her website.

“Body Image Movement’s job is to harness and facilitate positive body image activism by encouraging women to be more accepting of who they are, to use positive language regarding their bodies and others, and to prioritize health before beauty. Our goal is to reach as many women as possible around the world and speak to them about how we can learn to fully embrace and love our bodies.”

The event was held at a Lorna Jane store in Malibu. (doesn’t get much better than that). I don’t make the trek up to Malibu often, so it was fun to check out a new area and the drive along the coastline is beautiful. (no pics because I was driving!!) 😉

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Tarynn was born to be a public speaker-she’s energetic, honest and entertaining. If you ever get the chance to listen to her speak, do it!  She spoke about how her body image has changed throughout her life and how the body movement was started.

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The biggest take away from her seminar was to focus on how you feel vs. how you look. Something so simple is often overlooked. Hearing her speak, made me want to do more to appreciate myself and more to encourage other women to praise themselves and each other.

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I can honestly say I have an overall positive outlook on my body. I’ve worked hard over the years to exercise regularly and take care of myself. With that said, I let myself indulge on pizza, ice cream or cheeseburgers once in awhile. I love food, and would be such a grump if I didn’t treat myself from time to time. I never weigh myself and know how much I weigh when I go to the doctor. I’ll know I need a change if my pants aren’t fitting, but I don’t think it’s healthy to be chasing a number on the scale.

Of course there are days where I think “I wish my arms were more toned or I wish my legs looked like Carrie Underwood’s (don’t we all). But, I try to consistently remind myself of what my body has accomplished and to be proud of that.

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And healthy doesn’t always mean being a size 2. I’ve played soccer with girls that are very thin and super strong and girls that are a little bigger than “the average” but in shape and very strong. Everyone’s body is different and that’s okay- that’s what makes us unique and special. I know that I will never been model thin and skinny jeans aren’t a good look for me. But in the grand scheme of things, who cares? The media is notorious at exposing the ideal look and body type.

After the event, I shopped around Lorna Jane and found these cute little running shorts. I’m obsessed with pink and these were the last ones in my size, meant to be! Sorry for the pic quality, I think it’s time for an Iphone update! 😉

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Have you heard of the Body Image Movement and what do you think about it? Please share in the comments below! 

 

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