First thing’s first: Your comments yesterday on the whole form correction thing? Spot on. So many helpful, thoughtful ideas from people who’ve done it, people who are in the process of doing it, people who (like me) know they should do it. Definitely check out the comments if you have any interest in transitioning to a natural running form. The readers around here know what they’re talking about.
There’s something else on my brain that’s been bugging me for about a week now. I think I’m probably being oversensitive about it, but maybe not, and so I figured I’d run it by some friends (you guys, obvi) to get your thoughts.
Last week, a former co-worker posted a photo collage on Instagram. I thought about reposting the actual picture here given that she posted it in a public forum, but decided against it. Instead, you will have to imagine from my description. Bear with me.
On the left, a picture of her taken at an odd angle where her face looks chubbier than usual and her arm is somewhat squished so that it looks larger than it actually is. This is clearly an older picture and not flattering. On the right, a picture of her now, looking thin and healthy (she’s an athlete; this is how she’s always looked). The caption reads: “So proud of my progress! #healthyliving #fitness #eatclean #90daychallenge #weightloss #diet #exercise #progress #gym”
I get it–it’s a joke. It’s making fun of the healthy living community. I’m definitely not above that. We are an odd, if not supportive and kind of fantastic, breed. But is it ok? I mean, this girl has never struggled with her weight, never had to even think about dieting or exercise, eats whatever she likes, generally lives a healthy lifestyle, etc. I just thought it was really insensitive and unfair to the friends whose blogs I follow who really are working hard and have made real progress.
I mean, I’ve never had to work–really work–to maintain my weight, and I know that I’m fortunate for that. But I do know what it’s like to struggle with body image and feeling good about yourself. Just because I’ve never had a large amount of weight to lose doesn’t mean I get to discount the efforts of others or diminish them. I just don’t think that’s right. Like Madeline Albright (and then my beloved Taylor Swift) said, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” No, I’m not perfect by any means. I say and do the wrong thing all the time. But level with me here–am I overreacting or is this just ok? Because it’s been on my mind for a week, and I can usually shrug things off a lot more easily.