Health, fitness, photography, and lighting.These words may not seem like they belong together, but they do. What is desirable? What does “healthy” look like? What is fitness really? And what are the words you associate with a good body image?
Thin? Pretty? Skinny? Firm?
Abs? Thighs? Diet? Beautiful?
There are many images that come to our mind when we think of these words, and those images that we associate with words like health, fitness, and beautiful are the ones we are shown to be examples of those ideals. What we think of “perfect” is what we are told is desirable.
This is one view. What is yours?
See no evil | Speak No Evil | hear no Evil
….but dress up like a princess….
Education, parenting, even friends often talk AT you. They hope to teach you, out of love, out of care. But they often fail to seek to communicate with you. Somewhere hiding behind the desire to help hides all those other parts of an individual that make them unprepared to have a conversation. And there is fear.
This is different than having a discussion. Having a conversation. These are true forms of communication. And when you talk WITH someone, it is an opportunity for education as well as learning. On both sides. Because you might find that the things you hope to “educate” somebody on are things they know something about. Maybe more than you. They might be going through it.
Are you part of the discussion? Or just trying to educate…
An eating disorder is not a diet. Do you have an eating disorder? You know it’s not a fad; you know it’s not a game; you know you wouldn’t wish it on anyone else and you know you can’t just catch it. And yet….
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"I keep eating. I went one week strong and now as much as I try and I tell myself not to eat I can’t help it. It’s killing me. I need a help to keep strong. I don’t know what else to do. I want to loose this weight but I’m so weak that I have to eat. And it’s making me hate myself more. Please help?"
How would you respond?
Eating is more than just a necessity; it’s also a habit. No habit can be made or broken in a week. Staying constant with something through the difficult times is what helps us develop new habits as we shed the old. The important thing is to develop habits that you can maintain for the long term - find habits that provide you a balance. To do this, don’t set your goals for a week, or for this spring or summer season. Think about the person that you want to be a year from now, or two years from now, and develop healthy, sustainable, and enjoyable habits based on those goals. Nothing happens over night; and what you want is not something that will only last a week. So don’t push your body and it won’t push back - develop healthy habits for the long term.
PrettyThin was down for about 5 hours today. We have the host to blame for that, but I am finding that I have some time on my hands today to update PT. I’m adding 5 new stories, and adding a new page of images. What images? That’s up to you. Tumble a picture, tag it PT, and I will add it to the site.
What would you change? How would you change it? Photo contest - create a similar photograph of yourself (you can exclude the face if you like). Send it firstname.lastname@example.org and have it submitted as part of a series on PrettyThin. The winner will receive a free Unity Bracelet. If you send an image and want me to edit in a tagline, include that in your email.
Hey everyone, just checking in here! If you have any eating disorder questions, I am always available to talk. You can connect with me on the PrettyThin website, here on Tumblr, my youtube channel, Facebook and twitter… I am looking forward to helping out.
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