It’s that time again when everyone and their mother is making resolutions to get to know the names of the staff at their local YMCA, drink more green stuff, and drop some pounds in the coming months.
We get it, the world thrives off of weight loss and wondering how quickly a new mom can return to her hot pre-baby bod. With weight loss season kicking into full gear, it’s been all up in our feeds and we’re kind of over it, TBH. Even more annoying are the idiotic ideas that curvy women 1. aren’t into exercise and 2. are automatically unhealthy because of their dress size. Which is why style guru and blogger babe GabiFresh‘s interview with The Coveteur was like a refreshing waterfall mist to the face.
In the interview, Gabi got real about growing up curvy and the stigma surrounding curvy bodies and unhealthiness. She said:
“I think growing up, my entire life, being healthy when you’re plus-sized was inextricably linked to, ‘you’re doing that because you want to lose weight’. You’re eating a salad? That’s because you want to lose weight. You’re going to the gym? That’s because you want to lose weight. It really messes with your head because if you quote-unquote ‘fail’, or you don’t lose a number, you quit. And that’s not good! It took so long for me, even after liking myself, to get over that. Eventually, because you like yourself and you don’t want to go backwards, for me, I saw going to the gym all the time as something that was going to mess me up, or backslide. I think really educating myself—and not the education we get from mainstream media—about the importance of health, and the importance of exercising and eating well, has really changed things.”
SURPRISE. It IS entirely possible to crave vegetables and enjoy the endorphins you get when you go on a run when you have curves (who knew?!) without the end goal of dropping some pounds. Just because someone is chowing down on celery sticks doesn’t mean they’re dieting. Maybe they like the crunch of celery. Crazy. And, even more of a shocker is the idea that it’s totally possible to love your body even if you aren’t being asked to do squats in Victoria’s Secret activewear. We’re sure too many people had their minds blown today from this gem of knowledge.
Thank you, Gabi, for reminding us that not everyone lives and breathes for the number on the scale. Keep killing it at life.