I’m a girl; sometimes I have self-confidence issues, just like all girls. But something I’ve grown to learn (and yes, still working on) is to stop comparing myself with other girls. We all got stuck in this generation where we see the most perfect and beautiful girls constantly on television, the Internet, magazines, and social media. We can look up girls on twitter or Instagram and hate ourselves in seconds because they are so pretty or have great bodies. Well, over half these models do not look like that in real life because of Photoshop, angles, airbrush, filters, etc. (there’s even an app to put makeup on your face in the picture…) Have you ever heard the saying, “You will never look like the girl in the magazine. The girl in the magazine doesn’t even look like the girl in the magazine,” because it is exactly accurate! I see advertisements everywhere saying things like, “you want a body like hers? –Here’s how to get one.” Although this is motivation, it’s also teaching self-hate. Not only is this unhealthy for young girls, but it is destroying reality. We become obsessed with trying to be the beautiful girl in the magazine, and don’t want to be ourselves anymore. We must focus on ourselves and learn to love what we have, not what we don’t. My goal isn’t to make you “skinny” or to help motivate you because you want to be thin in order to be attractive. When I say “Get Fit With Katie,” yes I do mean fit physically, but even more so what I mean by that is to love yourself. Being “fit” with yourself is to be fully confident with who you are. I am trying to motivate you to become healthier, but that doesn’t mean you’re not beautiful the way you are! Exercise to feel better about yourself- because you’re doing it FOR yourself, not for anyone else, not for any comparisons.
We all want what we can’t have. But we are each created so beautifully, even with the flaws that every single one of us have. We must learn to accept ourselves, appreciate ourselves, take care of ourselves, and finally, LOVE ourselves.
We were not meant to be perfect. We were meant to be real. Remember that.