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silhouette_of_fashion_girls_148518Being a bit on the short side of normal, I have often had a hard time finding what I call a “body idol,” or someone who represents what my ideal body would look like.

(This is partially because, according to the entertainment industry, I’m at least eight inches too short and probably don’t have enough boobs.)

Love the One You’re With

And since we all know that all the diet changes and exercise in the world can’t make us taller (at least not after we’ve reached our full height potential) or grow us more boobs (at least not without surgical intervention), well…it’s a good thing there are lots of different kinds of beauty.

Your kind of beautiful is probably different than mine and everyone else’s–because really, everyone is different.

And that, my friends, is a very good thing.

So, hey, love your body–right now. Not tomorrow, not next week, not when you lose the weight. Love it RIGHT NOW. It’s the only one you’ve got!

Try Today’s Fit Mission: See Your Ideal Body


Your Brand of Beauty

“For, happily, there exists more than one kind of beauty. There is the beauty of infancy, the beauty of youth, the beauty of maturity, and, believe me, ladies and gentlemen, the beauty of age, if you do not spoil it by your own want of judgment. At any age, a woman may be becomingly and pleasingly dressed.” ~Household Words.

Contrary to what society tries to tell us, every body has its own perfect shape, and not every body’s perfect shape looks like a rail-thin porn star with big fake boobs (or whatever body type is in this week). That does not, however, mean that every body can’t be beautiful.

Bodies have different shapes. There are apples, pears and banana shapes. There are endomorphs, ectomorphs and mesomorphs–and any number of other ways to classify different body types.

Real-Life Example: Same Size Jeans, Two Different Bodies

IMG950270So, for example, take my friend and I. In this photo, we are wearing the same size jeans.

As you can see, we are shaped completely differently (and we’re both wearing jeans styles that work best for our bodies–two totally different looks.)

The differences between us?

She’s about 5 inches taller (I was wearing platform shoes in the photo) and has longer, thinner legs–while I’ve got a smaller waist but a fuller butt and shorter legs.

Plus, she weighs approximately 15 pounds less than I do.

(See how I lost 100 pounds, including before photos!)


The point is that the numbers don’t really matter when it comes down to it. What matters is how you look and feel.

What do you think? What is your kind of beautiful? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below!

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