Another Perspective…

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So a few nights ago I discussed where our perspective of beauty has come from and where we hopefully are taking it, thanks for the enlightening comments and perspective as well.  Then with the help of your comments and the again always faithful interweb to produce new articles, I again am reminded of what beauty really is.  This article nicely elaborates on what we discussed Monday about a beatiful body being a fuctional and capable body and shows us what our thought on the “new” beauty should not be.  Bottom line is we cannot allow ourselves to get wrapped up in the motivational posters with super ripped men and women in them and use them to define beauty.  Being strong and capable is beauty, ripped folks are beautiful but they aren’t the end all be all.  Check out the article and let me know what you think.

A New Perspective

Also, a quick shoutout to Nici Watts. She leaves for the Air Force Basic Training today. Nici, we’re all behind you and we know you’ll crush life over there just like you did when you were here. Here’s to the best!

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4 Responses to Another Perspective…

  1. Elysia says:

    Nice article. The author articulates a bit of what I was trying to say the other day about beauty. We all have different bodies, therefore I don’t think it’s fair to say the most beautiful ones are always thin, muscular, thick, etc. or that the most beautiful people are the ones that can squat the most or run the fastest. What’s beautiful is the human spirit, always striving to be better, with all the talents (or restraints!) that God gave ‘em. I had an interesting discussion today with a coach and team member about something similar to this — “Yeah, you’re great at x,” the coach said, “but what would be your Cryptonite? What could someone throw in your ideal WOD to mess you up?” She quickly had an answer. And what was beautiful about our discussion was that all of us could readily admit our weaknesses as well as our strengths, and all of us want to work as hard as we can on those weaknesses and get as strong in those areas as possible. Now that’s beauty, whether we’re tall, short, skinny, chubby, male, female, 21 or 41. :)

    • Elysia says:

      And whaaaat?? Nicci is going to San Antonio?? Did not know that. Will miss you, but congratulations!! And yes, I see I misspelled Kryptonite. It will bother me all night, but such is life. ;)

  2. tassha says:

    I personally ADORED that article! I mean it articulated so well what I am always trying to say, and what I think I said the last time we discussed beauty. And I agree 100% with everything Elysia said. I think last time I said something about the phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” And this will always be true too. Because while I agree that the human spirit is so much more attractive than the outside appearance, we are only human. And down to our very primal instinct, we gravitate towards those we find physically appealing. Some people like skinny, chubby, short, tall, etc. That is fine for them. I am personally biased to a guy with some ink, I find that to be extremely appealing.

    Anyways this is a lot of unloading on my friends, acquaintances, and strangers of CFW…the point is, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and just because something is pleasing on the outside doesnt mean the inside matches, and vice versa.

    Try your very best to not let looks determine who you are and who you talk to.

    It is funny you posted this today too. Last night I posted a FB status (FB FTW!) about the WOD killing me and having no energy from the 1st rope climb, because I recently started doing 2 a days most days of the week. It caught up to me last night, and I just could not perform at my best last night. I KNOW I am way better than what I did. I am still angry with my performance, but slowly getting over it. I was exhausted, bottom line. (TODAY IS REST DAY!!!!!!) So a very lovely woman whom I admire and respect of our gym asked me, “Why 2 a days?” I replied with wanting my body to be better, to not disappoint the coaches so much in WOD’s, etc. I now think back to that reply and am shaming myself over it. We are human, and we never see ourselves as perfect I guess. I certainly dont, and am way too hard on myself. I compare myself too much to girls that get their picture shared all over facebook with motivational messages and such. Granted I already know, realistically, that is never happening for me. I like food and LOVE beer…so 6-pack, nope. But then I compare myself to girls in the gym, and well I am the perfect example of what this article is talking about. I know deep down that my body is beautiful, I am not fat, I am ok, I am a giant but I rock it. I know all of this. But the small part of me caves to society pressure, and looks for ways I am not perfect, and pick at it. Ugh..

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