I am a real woman with curves. I am not a size 2. I have hips and a butt (that I have grown to love, this wasn't always so.) I used to get embarassed if someone mentioned my "big ole butt."
But now I love my booty. I check it out in the mirror all the time. Especially at the gym....
I work out at the gym about 5 days a week, one or two days a week with weights (8 and 15 lbs) and using the machines. Most days I will take a class, I try to switch it up so that my body won't get complacent. I take hip hop dance classes, Zumba (just really getting into Zumba, not my fave), and Turbo Kick. I swear those hip hop classes have me thinking that I can be a video girl! As soon as 2 Live Crew gets back together, I'm auditioning to be Main Video Girl. #Promise.
I really like my body these days because I feel strong. Mentally and physically. I don't say that to sound like a braggart, this has been a long road to accept my body without a "If only." If only my *fill in the blank* were bigger/smaller/more this/less that then I could love it.
A few years ago, I became used to hiding in my clothes. I didn't want to draw unwanted attention to myself. I think I was the original Man Repeller, lol. But now I like who I am. Working out consistently has helped me with that. I have worked out in spurts before now, rollerblading, kickboxing, running on the treadmill but I think that the diversity of the classes at the gym is what helps me stay on track.
I think of working out as a relationship, you have to put in the work to get the results that you want. There is no quick fix.
My body isn't perfect. But it's been kind to me. And don't get me wrong, I still have my moments . But I accept it. For all that it is. Not so much for what it isn't. Anybody else with me?
P.S. I got this suit at Wal-Mart for ten bucks ($5 each piece.)