How many of us spend hours looking at pictures of women we say have the perfect body ? How many of us aspire to have the fitness of an Instagram fitness model? Or that old schoolmate we didn’t even like?
It is very unlikely that anyone will say that they never did and that is scary. And it is even worse if we think that this comparison with other women serves to make us inferior.
It is not fair to us, nor is it healthy. It’s our body! Only ours! We are born with him, we live with him and we will die with him. And isn’t the beauty of the world in being all different? Why do we continue to make comparisons that are not good for us? Why do we do ourselves so much harm?
My journey in search of the perfect body
For those who don’t know me, my name is Patrícia Correia, I was born in Leiria and I’m 22 years old. In 2014, I decided to sign up for a gym and immediately felt at home.
At that time, I knew that helping people through physical exercise was my job. And so it was! I graduated in Sport and Wellness at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. Currently, I teach kids and adults, whether in the dance , fitness or personal training area.
The decision to graduate in Sports was for many a big surprise. This is because until I was 13 years old I suffered from overweight and Physical Education was far from being my favorite subject.
I went through extreme diets like intermittent fasting and the low carb ketogenic diet. I bet on bi-daily cardio training, building and group classes . Believe me, I did everything to reach the one who dreamed of being the perfect body. Has it ever happened? Not! And do you know why? Because our mindset is changing and our tastes are like a roller coaster. Often, we can’t even keep up with so much change.
I already wanted to be a Carolina Patrocínio (skinny and with cracked abs). Next, I wanted to be Sophie Arvebrink (super muscular, with volume, but defined). And recently I dreamed of Denice Moberg’s body (thick legs and flat stomach).
If we change our beauty concept so much, imagine the perspective we have on us. Our body also ends up being subjected to these constant changes.
We are the biggest enemies of our own body
Some people want to be thin, some fatter, some tall and some shorter. There are those who complain about having small breasts and those who hate the fact that theirs are so big. In addition, cellulite, stretch marks and strokes are conditions that no one likes.
Surely you’ve already looked at someone with the physical characteristics that you have and hate. However, he never found anything wrong with that person. He even found it beautiful and without any defect. If we think this of other people, why do we continue to hate our body ?
Are we going to try to forget the “beauty standards”, the “perfect women” and the “ideal body” and accept everything that is part of us? Shall we face the world in a more positive light? Your body is perfect, you are unique and so you must take care of yourself. Treat yourself and tell yourself how amazing it is and how much you deserve to be happy!
Nobody will ever be able to please everyone. Neither Angelina Jolie nor Jennifer Lopez can do it. So stop thinking if it is pleasant in the eyes of the world and just be pleasant to yours. You can choose to have the “perfect body”. Just be yours!