Why I Cancelled all my Fitness Magazine Subscriptions

“7 Fast Moves for Flat Abs”

“Lean, Strong, Confident One Workout to Sweaty Bliss.”

“Look Great Beauty Playbook”

“Prevent Pounds from Creeping Back” next to another article “Break free from negative thinking.”

These are just some of the titles of articles from one “fitness” magazine that arrived in my mailbox. By some miracle there is not a single article in this particular edition about how to “please your man,” or some other garbage. These are the messages that are constantly pushed on women whether it is in the magazines, supposedly written for women or in advertising for the products to make you a “prettier, skinnier” version of yourself.

I cancelled all of my fitness subscriptions along time ago, minus this free one that I received with a purchase from Fabletics. This particular magazine goes straight in the garbage every month. I cancelled my subscriptions years ago, because I realized that no matter what you do these magazines will find a way to make you feel like shit about yourself. Every. Single. Time. Even if you think you are confident enough that they do not infiltrate every corner of your subconscious, I would guarantee they do.

Today, I checked my mail and found the above magazine in my mailbox after just finishing Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. That book is a game changer. Please, if you like yourself at all, read this book. There is some part of that book that will make everyone, man or woman, feel something. I know the book made me feel understood, I wept often feeling understood and grateful that someone wrote the words on the page

. One of my favorite quotes from the book struck me as I picked up the fitness magazine from my mailbox:

“Women who are concerned with being pretty think about what they look like, but women who are concerned with being beautiful think about what they are looking at. They are taking it all in. They are taking in the whole beautiful world and making all that beauty theirs to give away to others.”
Glennon Doyle Melton, Love Warrior: A Memoir
 These magazines do not only makes us hate ourselves, they make us unkind and jealous of others. Instead of women loving each other and finding beauty in everything, they strive for an unattainable goal of external prettiness.
Sadly, I see this in my 5th grade girls (and middle school girls I work with) every day. They think it is cute to act stupid and that only boring people read or write or do creative things. That the only thing that matters is earning money and having a cute boyfriend. They are obsessed with this idea. These young girls have not learned to love themselves as they are and how to be happy with who they are. I have already seen many girls “watching what they eat” to be skinny. Starving yourself of food and life is not pretty. It makes me sad. I want to be a role model for them so I must practice what I preach. Real self-love. Being a beauty hunter as Jen Pastiloff says. Seeing beauty, recognizing beauty and becoming beauty. Living a full, beautiful life without shame of who we are.
There are little eyes constantly watching what we do, practice beauty not obsess about pretty.

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