As a teenager, my perception of what was beautiful was skewed by what I thought society saw as beautiful. As a 15 year old, beautiful was skinny, tall, had long blonde hair, and wore a 36C. When I looked in the mirror, I didn’t see beauty. I saw a girl who was overweight, insecure, and unable to achieve society’s standard.
What I didn’t see was a girl who would lift more than most of the boys on the football team. What I didn’t see was a girl who trained hard to be a discus and hammer thrower. What I didn’t see was a girl who loved people with all of her heart, no matter their size, shape, heritage, or culture.
This girl, who didn’t find herself beautiful was a competitive powerlifter and won the state championship in Texas her senior year. This girl, who didn’t find herself beautiful earned a scholarship to throw the discus and hammer at a Division I university. This girl, who didn’t find herself beautiful would go on to run a half marathon.
If I could talk to that girl I would tell her just how beautiful she is. I would tell her to not allow society to define her and to see the beauty in everything she’s accomplished. If I could talk to my 15 year old self I would encourage myself to focus on my goals and to realize that I can truly achieve what I want to achieve, that the opinions of others do not matter, and that I need to love who I am.
Even at the age of 28 I battle negative thoughts from time to time. I second guess myself and compare myself to other people. People who in my head are skinnier, in better shape, or are more athletic. Sometimes I just forget what’s beautiful and I lose sight of all that I’m working on. I have bad days… but I have to remind myself of what’s beautiful.
This week I was introduced to Under Armour’s What’s Beautiful campaign, which encourages women to set goals, work towards those goals, and to redefine the female athlete… which I LOVE!! This campaign is everything I wish my 15 year old self had been a part of. The opportunity to create a profile, to join teams, and to define what beauty is.
Sometimes it’s hard to realize how athletic we are and for others to acknowledge that the face of athleticism has changed over the years. What I love about this campaign is that it helps women to realize that they are beautiful and athletic, no matter their level!! The woman who takes classes at her gym is beautiful. The woman who burns calories cleaning up after her family is beautiful. The woman who plays football is beautiful. The woman who tackles her fear of trying Crossfit is beautiful. You. Are. Beautiful!
When you set up a What’s Beautiful profile, you’re able to establish a personal goal. You can then follow other women, like myself, to build up a support team to help you reach your goals. You can also join a team, to go after one collective goal!
Team Coffee Cake and Cardio‘s goal is to “live a happy and healthy life”. I kept it broad because I truly believe that my readers have a broad range of goals, all of which fit within the goal of living a happy and healthy life. My personal goal, which can be seen on my profile, is to reach a happy and healthy weight before having children.
I truly believe in this message and the power it can have on women of all ages! I encourage you to create a profile and to join the Coffee Cake and Cardio team!
What’s beautiful to you?
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