Woowwww it is 2017, the Starbucks cups are yellow and turquoise, and some people are still trolly enough to think that you have to look one, specific way (read: thin) to qualify as fit. I would like to introduce those people to the fact that they are wrong.
Or, better yet, let's have model Candice Huffine school them in body positivity with her recent Instagram post that drives home the idea that, nope, you don't have to be skinny to be fit. Oh, and you can be an awesome runner without looking like your limbs are made of yarn.
Huffine started off the post with an excerpt from something she had written in a notebook a year ago. "How come when people say 'wow, you look skinny' we say thank you?" she wrote at the time. "In my experience, the times I've slimmed down the most have been preceded by stress, a break up, lack of self-care, something traumatic." Aha, you see? Skinny does not necessarily equal "good."
"How come people don't ever say 'You look so fit, 'Wow, you are so strong' or 'You run so fast and far now!'?! '" She went on. "It's always about size, not ability and sometimes it overjoys us for someone to say we shrunk. Well, I've changed my mindset once and for all. My stomach can jiggle and roll up when I sit for all of eternity, but if I can be healthy and strong and finish this race, then I'm complete."
That powerful statement and resolution is so important for women to hear. If you're healthy and can run a damn race, who cares!? It's unfortunate that women are still fed this garbage that skinny is best. Please. Go back in time from whence you came.
Now, Huffine says she feels great, naysayers be damned. And - spoiler alert - she's not a size 0, because being a size 0 without rolls doesn't determine if you're perfect - or a good runner. "A year later and I'm in the best shape of my life and look 👆🏼, tummy still has rolls and I feel unstoppable," she wrote. "There's no perfect body. The one you have right now is amazing. Let it lead you to perfect days, finish lines, happy times, and fun. Take in compliments that inspire you, and give ones that empower."
No matter how many body positive Instagram posts you might see, the idea behind these posts somehow never gets old. And you know what? It shouldn't.
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