“Hi, my name is Jenna Pilant and I’ve been thin for pretty much my entire life.”
For the past thirty years, I have quietly stood by while being told that I should eat something, that I look anorexic, that I shouldn’t work out . . . so today, I finally decided to write about something that weighs very heavy on my heart = being a thin woman in today’s society.
I only WISH I was kidding.
To put it another way, it suddenly seems cool to hate on the “skinny” girls. Well, I am here to tell you that enough is enough and it’s honestly not very becoming. I was born this way, folks, and that’s true for a good portion of us. I mean I understand people’s concerns about eating disorders, but I’m naturally built this way. In fact, I think it’s called genetics? ;) I wore boy’s jeans as a child and couldn’t even bench-press the bar in my high school gym class. I’m practically all limbs and feel like a frog with pants on most days. I think it is so rad how the world has embraced the curvy chick, but somewhere along the way, the message became blurred and the backlash of the slim gal was born. What most women need to remember, and for whatever reason soon forget, is that each of us is battling our own insecurities daily AND that no female in this whole-wide world will ever be 100% happy with her body. Take me for example. I don’t WANT to be a string bean. Hell, I want to be Beyoncé! But it’s important to realize that instead of wishing we were some else, we should instead celebrate our individual uniqueness, our various body types, and try to be the best version of our self possible.
That’s why the past couple of years I have been doing everything in my power to become stronger – both physically and mentally.
Now, I’ll be the first one to admit that the latter is definitely the easier task of the two :/ not only because I am a “string bean” but also because I struggle to put on [and keep] muscle mass. And for that very same reason, I started yoga a little under three years ago and it’s immensely paid off. I’m the strongest I have ever been with extraordinary amounts of energy and an almost-sickening, cheery demeanor. With that being said, however, I was still not seeing the results I was needing for my abs. I say “need” verses “want” as my core has been the main roadblock between me and my yoga fitness goals. Enter: @alexajeanfitness [man, I love Instagram] shortly after my thirtieth birthday, I made a personal goal to dedicate 2015 to solidifying my stomach muscles. BUT, even with all those crunches, nothing seemed to be changing and that’s when I found Alexa Jean and quickly developed a girl crush. Not only does she brilliantly find ways to workout with no gym, she is a strong woman [inside and out] giving both great ideological inspiration and home workout routines via her Instagram account. Henceworth, if she can have those kind of abs, then why shouldn’t I?!
Thus, I have just finished Alexa Jean Fitness’s “Sore To The Core” 30-Day Ab Challenge. It was only $10.00 online and honestly doesn’t take much time. She gives you a circuit of different ab exercises each day that you complete three times each with one-minute “rest” intervals in between. PLUS, you only do said workouts on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday as rest days. SO, all things considered, how can one ab-hungry gal not fit in this ab series?! I was easily able to introduce it into my already jam-packed schedule, AND as you can see by my “before and after,” I have seen significant improvement on both the sides of my stomach and my lower abdominal region. Yes, there’s not a whole lot of definition yet, but like I said before, I have a hard time personally retaining muscle. I know more definition will appear with time and the continuation of this “Sore To The Core” routine. But for now, I’m simply elated to be stronger and cannot wait to see how this affects my yoga practice. Hopefully, this “Olive Oyl” will start being able to do some of those inversions she’s so been wanting to try!
“What people don’t understand is that calling someone too skinny is the same as calling someone too fat; it’s not a nice feeling.”– Kendall Jenner
SO [in closing] let’s try to remember that every woman’s body is beautiful, and that while we are living this amazing adventure called life, to be kinder and more supportive of one another. We don’t need to be in competition all the time nor size each other up from head-to-toe. Us, ladies, are ALL gorgeous in our own right. And like Beyonce says, “Who run the world?” GIRLS!