Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April Strong Showers

It rained, all day yesterday. All. Day. It was quite the downer, and all I could think about was crawling into bed after work. Instead I crawled onto my bike and watched an episode of Suits, then got into my PJ’s shortly after.

This may be a bit more of a rant than confessions, a ranty Hump Day Confessions if you will.


I’ve come to hate the word skinny. 
I hate what it stands for actually, and that it is such a commonly used, positive descriptor.

That quote makes me want to punt a small animal.

Skinny girl brand, skinny taste, skinny this skinny that. 
I hate that girls are still striving to be “skinny.” And not even just girls, grown ass women.


Let me insert a disclaimer really quick. I’m not directly bashing 
anything, any website, any brand, anyone
The Skinnygirl line has some great tasting products out there, and I have tried some delicious recipes off of Skinny Taste and those kinds of websites. I have no beef with that.

It’s the word, and what it represents.

I personally, do not strive to be skinny. I’m over that. I’m SO over the mindset of 
“I’m a woman therefore I should be slender and thin and skinny and always need a man's help with heavy things.”

No.

As a woman, I strive to be strong. I don’t drag my ass out of bed at 5 AM and do kettlebell swings and push-ups before work to with the hopes of looking malnourished. I don't drag myself to hot yoga on a Friday night after work hoping I sweat off some weight before the weekend.


Confidence is sexy. Strength, in so many forms, is sexy. Desperately striving to conform to look like the airbrushed models and what society has consistently brainwashed women to think is the ‘norm’ – that just ain't sexy in my book. Nor is it healthy. So stop.


Healthy is beautiful. Strong is beautiful. (Most days) I take pride in honoring my body by what I put in it, and the amazing things I get to do with it. The joy that working towards handstand push-ups brings me is fantastic. The pride I have in being able to deadlift the prescribed weight in a crossfit workout last month is still hanging around. Strength workouts not only give me some shape to my 5'11'' frame, but they keep my muscles happy. 

When I moved into my house in Baltimore this past summer, I moved in alone. I moved my bed, my double mattress, my two dressers, by myself. And I'm damn proud of it.


Yes, this is another one of those love your body rants. But for the love people Girls, can we please stop with the idolizing skinny crap once and for all?  It's going to be the end of me.

My confession? I hate the word skinny.

Cheers to strong, and muscles, and fit.

Kait

20 comments:

  1. PREACH. i don't workout to be skinny, i workout to be fit and strong and keep my mood up. if i couldn't lift anymore, i would legit curl up and die because i'd MUCH rather have huge guns than a thigh gap which i heard is still a thing. dumbest thing ever.

    thanks for linking up!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  2. I completely agree with everything you said - and I know I struggle with the word skinny, and always have. Society is all messed up! thanks for sharing :)

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  3. I 100% agree. I still want some curves...I want to be toned...plus there are PLENTY of things that taste better than "skinny feels"

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  4. Hey Kait! I couldn't agree more! I am SO OVER SKINNY! Skinny no longer represents healthy for me. I don't need to be ''skinny'' to be happy. Just fit, I guess you can say. I completely get it! Have a great day lovely, talk soon! :) xo

    Lisa,xo
    http://chiclittlethrills.blogspot.com/

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  5. I believe in being strong and not skinny so much, I have a workout shirt that says it. Haha. "Strong is the new skinny!" I feel like a lot of people confuse being skinny with being healthy and that is SO far from the truth. I strive to be fit and strong to maintain a healthy lifestyle. :) Totally rocking it with this post! Love it!

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  6. Great post! I hate the word skinny too- I'm never aiming to be skinny, I'm looking to be strong, fit, healthy, confident. And you know what tastes good- food. especially chipotle.. nom nom. Happy Hump Day!

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  7. AH freaking MEN! this, this is what about it is all about. put yourself in a position to be healthy, and strong, and feed your body to perform not to be skinny. yesssssss .

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  8. I used to want to be skinny, but now I want to be in shape!

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  9. Amen girl! I was actually told the other day at work, "You're so skinny" and I was borderline offended. I corrected the girl and said, "No, I'm fit." Skinny to me can represent unhealthy whereas fit represents hard work and dedication to get the results. I work my ASS off, so no, I don't want to be called skinny. I want to be called fit.

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