Feature: Our secret..?
It's a bit sick really. We wait with bated breath all year to watch the world's most voluptuous, enviable women walk, practically naked down a runway. Yes, we're talking about the spectacle that is the Victoria's Secret Runway. The winged wonder women of fashion. We want to be them, men want to date them...heck, we'd probably date them if they'd just give us a chance.
I'd like to say I tune in purely to see the collection. But reality is, when the time comes I'll gather a group of my friends, probably make some snacks and sit and talk about how we hate our bodies and how our diets start tomorrow.
Am I an unhealthy person? Not by any means. In fact, anybody who knows me well will tell you I've come a long way from the awkward, pudgy ginger kid I once was. I eat a balanced diet, exercise at least 4 times a week and generally I'm a positive, motivated person. But, for one reason or another, watching those sculpted bodies slink down the runway with their perfect breasts and immaculate hair somehow manages to send me spiralling down the dark path to depressionville.
Thankfully I manage to dig myself out of that kind of hole pretty quickly. Although for some people it's not quite that easy. How do we solve the problem? Cancel the Victoria's Secret Show? Hell no. We would never give up an excuse to sit and gawk while the season's hottest performing artist attempts to not act uncomfortable interacting with the scantily clad beauties as they swan about. Plus we'd be kidding ourselves if we said they were at all to blame for the self-depreciating, calorie counting mind set of today's young women.
Okay so we may not all be supermodels - but let's remember this. These women have the help of the best personal trainers and nutritionists in the world to keep themselves looking a certain way and are paid (a lot) to do it. The rest of us, have (moderately paying) jobs to attend in addition to balancing our physical and mental health. Add to this wanting to spend time with our friends, family and significant others. Unless you can function on very little sleep everyday, it doesn't leave us with too much time to get ourselves shredded and keep it that way. It's not an accurate comparison.
How then do we solve the problem? Well, we don't. It's human nature to want what you can't have. But we can make things easier on ourselves.
Do: Eat well and be active. It is scientifically guaranteed to make you feel better. Regardless of wether you need to lose weight or not, eating healthy will give you the energy you need to be active throughout your day. Being active creates endorphins, which sends signals to your brain, making you feel happy (and happy people just don't kill their husbands, right?). It's a win, win.
Do: Make yourself feel beautiful. Whether it's getting up just a little bit earlier to do your hair or paint your nails. As superficial as it may seem, taking a little extra time for yourself will make a huge difference in your mood and set the tone for the rest of the day.
Do: Celebrate others beauty and successes. Instead of hating on yourselves when you sit down to watch the show this year, try thinking about how hard the 'angels' must work to get in shape for the show. Marvel at the swift costume changes and think about how you're going to achieve your lingerie goals and flaunt what your momma gave you.
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