The Weight is Over

21 Feb

Over the weekend, I had a sweet tooth attack so I made one of my favorite guilty pleasures, no bake cookies. As everyone is on his or her “spring break diet” I was at home making cookies loaded with sugar and fat. After eating a couple of cookies I began feeling guilty, but that got me thinking, why do we put so much pressure on ourselves to be skinny?

Today’s society portrays stick thin, size zero models as “beautiful.” For an average woman, that is an unattainable and unrealistic goal. This unrealistic portrayal skews the views of women, and men, on what is truly beautiful. Every woman wants to feel pretty, but the faster we learn to be comfortable and confident in whatever size our body is, the better off we are. Skinny does not always equal pretty. My opinion is that we should focus on becoming healthy rather than skinny. Eat a balanced diet and exercise but splurge on occasion. Eat those two no bake cookies or double dip chocolate cookie dough ice cream cone every once in a while!

The author of the book “Eat, Pray, Love” said it best.

“I’m so tired of saying no and waking up in the morning and recalling every single thing I ate the day before. Counting every calorie I consume so I know exactly how much self-loathing to take into the shower. I’m going for it. I have no interest in being obese. I’m just through with the guilt. So this is what I’m going to do. I’m going to finish this pizza and then we’re going to go watch the soccer game, and tomorrow, we’re going to go on a little date and buy ourselves some bigger jeans.”-Elizabeth Gilbert.

This is the attitude that every woman needs to adopt. Sure we all have our insecurities, but it would be such a better world if we could eliminate the guilt and focus on our good qualities rather than obsessing over the five pounds we  gained in college.

In my opinion, there is much more importance to life than the way we look. Perspective is what a lot of these girls are lacking. How about focusing on being a good person? Or focus on being a role model rather than a skinny runway model? So my newest motto in life is a quote by Paula Deen, “Might as well eat that cookie.”

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