Over the past two weeks, I’ve seen a number of new sources for inspiration in the world of body diversity. Of course we have new inspiration from tried and true sources like Adipositivity (BTW notoriously NSFW). But there are some exciting new sources as well. For example, The Body Images Project contains a number of scrumptious photos of folks of all shapes, sizes and ages. And we’re not just talking about cellulite here. There’s grey hairs, scars, scabs, freckles, warts and more. And we’re also seeing some especially awesome feeds on facebook and tumblr lately, including THIS one and THIS one.
And beyond the pictures, there’s the dancing–OOOOHHHH the dancing. Aside from the toddler dancing that I posted a few weeks ago, we have awesome dancing old ladies. HERE’S an 88 yr. old lady who boogies down the stairs:
And there’s old ladies doing Zumba and old ladies standing proudly for portraits and there’s just bodies, all different kinds of bodies EVERYWHERE! In a sea of previously perfectly toned and tanned and coiffed and waxed bodies, it’s so exciting to me that social media can also be a source of difference. It seems that just now in cyberspace, I’m seeing big bodies and small bodies and smooth bodies and wrinkly bodies and white bodies and black bodies and freckly bodies and scarred bodies. All are sacred bodies. All are unique packages encompassing the divine. And all I can say is, HOW DELIGHTFUL! Rather than a one page menu of clone, drone, Barbie types, I’m seeing a bodacious BUFFET of bodies of all different kinds. And I ask you, how can this NOT be a good thing?
So click away. Click at links and click at cameras. Show us your gorgeousness you cyber cuties. And let us see how decidedly, deliciously DIFFERENT you all are!
So often when it comes to integrating intuitive eating and moderate joyful exercise into our lives, we hear that we should take baby steps. And by that, what is usually meant is that we should take a series of very small steps, one after the other. And when it comes to making any changes to eating patterns and exercise patterns, I agree that baby steps are best.
But maybe what I mean by baby steps is less about how small the steps are, and is more about how the steps align with what feels good to our bodies. Babies and very young children don’t count carbs or calculate how many MET units they have expended in a particular workout. They don’t eat based on a point system or in order to look great for bathing suit season. Babies always look great during bathing suit season. Babies usually eat when they are hungry and quit when they are full. They eat what they like and what their bodies tell them they want. And they “exercise” because it feels good and is fun!
I mean check out the pair that is boppin and groovin’ in the exercise above. They are taking baby steps towards health. They are in a loving family situation, they hear music and they just rock out with their bad selves. It’s pretty obvious that they are having a great time!
Why not take some “baby steps” towards health this week? What would it be like to let your hunger and your taste buds dictate what and when to eat or not eat? How about putting on some music and bopping around in your chair or grooving around the living room? Why not put down your diet books and exercise books and just let yourself fully and unreservedly inhabit your body?