Of course, this is a pretty unrealistic situation for those of us who don’t walk around with candy coated shells. And no, I’m not asking you to whip off your clothes the next time you’re at a party – if I walked into a party and everyone was nude, I’d be slowly creeping towards the exit hoping I don't bump into someone sweaty.
But let’s take a clue from Red and be proud of our bodies. Definitely fuel your body well with lots of fruits and veggies and exercise to take care of yourself and stay healthy. But don’t place your self-worth on your body size. Celebrate your body for all it does, and don’t be afraid to have fun in the moment without worrying about how you look - whether it’s running a road race, trying rock climbing, or taking that dance class.
Case in point: I’m never going to be a size 2 – but I do work hard to maintain my current size by training for lots of races and planning healthy meals. Why? I want to have children at some point, I want to keep running and be one of those 90 year old road racers, and I want to live a long, joyous life free from chronic diseases like diabetes. I’m less concerned about my outer appearance and more concerned with making sure my insides are being treated well. And I sure as heck like to have enough energy to bust out some pretty awesome dance moves that would give Red a run for his money.
What do you want to try this week that you feel your body image issues have held you back from? Share with us! You can do it – you’re sexy and I know it!