Trigger Warning! While the theme of the post is body positivity, I used some very negative Thinspo and Fitspo pics as examples of what I think we should be fighting against, and they could definitely be triggering to some people. For the most part, these have an image that I found that seemed problematic to me in one way or another accompanied by an alternative that I find to be more positive. For the most part, the originals are in smaller boxes attached to the larger pictures that I took as alternatives. Apologies again to anyone who might have been triggered before I posted this. Love yourselves!
Quick note upfront: this post originally was interspersed within a review of the sports bra I am wearing in almost all of these pictures, which is the utterly fabulous comfortable-as-all-get-out Panache Sport Sports Bra, of which I currently have three and have two more on the way. Ultimately, the two aspects of the post didn’t come together and the memes I posted were getting all the focus, and the review wasn’t really as in depth as I would have liked in the first place. With that in mind, I took the review info out and am planning an upcoming rather extravagant and detailed review that will be entirely on the bra itself. In the meantime, I highly, highly recommend it to any larger-cupped lasses that want incredible comfort and support. Note the picture further down in the post in which I am upside down! No boobs hitting me in the face! In my size, this runs large (which is great, as it only goes up to an H cup), so I am wearing a 30H in all of these photos. Thanks, and please keep an eye out for the full review!
So recently I was given the opportunity to participate in Panache Lingerie’s campaign Support Every Move, and while I wasn’t able to be as active as I would have liked (I have been sick, as has MY WHOLE CITY OH GOD IT’S THE SICKPOCALYPSE), I followed along with the activities with interest. You can check out their Pinterest board for the campaign here or do a search for #supporteverymove to see what everyone has been up to. I was browsing the Pinterest board and some other places when I started to notice that not everyone was pinning such supportive material. Since individual users were allowed to pin to the boards, this wasn’t a reflection of Panache at all, and they took down the most snark-tastic pins when alerted to them. Still, it made me sad to see that when people were looking for motivation to get to a more healthy lifestyle, they were just as likely to come across images that shamed them and pressured them to go to extreme measures with diet and exercise as they were to find posts cheering them on. The sadness I was feeling (and the memories of having relied on just such imagery myself once upon a time, along with the self-loathing that they caused me to feel) inspired me to do what many others have done before me: create an alternative. I don’t think we could ever have too many alternatives to Thinspo and Pro-Ana memes that shame people into starving themselves to try to attain an unrealistic and unhealthy beauty aesthetic. I will happily post any reader submissions along these lines to the Facebrog and Tumbrog, and if I get enough, I’ll make a whole post about them here on The Brog. Let’s work towards body positivity and physical, mental, and emotional wellness together, Gentle Readers!
Only you can know what is the healthiest way for you to get to your fitness, weight, or wellness goals. Don’t let anyone bully you out of enjoying your life at the same time. How about some exercise AND a cookie? Or if cookies aren’t your thing, some other little treat? No single cookie is going to put you on the path to hell. Ignore the haters.