WE’RE NOT ALL MEANT TO BE SKINNY: HOW TO KNOW YOUR BODY

 

Woman Holding Measuring Tape on Hips

“Cut yourself some slack.”


avid lifter

If you are out there and just so happen to stumble upon this article and you are one of those in need of the perfect body people, slow down. It’s ok if you want to go out and weight lift or run to lose weight. But realize something, not everyone is meant to be skinny. Some people are born big, and are genetically inclined to having more weight. So if you think you’re going to look like one of these Victoria Secret models, or some guy who is husky thinking he’ll be some washed board beauty, hang it up. The reality is, you are not going to be one of those people.

expectations

I have gone on the internet, and looked at photos of guys that I would like to mirror. Now, luckily for me, I have the ability over time to have the body that I see in magazines. Because even in my slim body you can see my clear muscular definition. But for most guys, they just will not have the ability to be here. That doesn’t mean that life is over and all is lost. Because contrary to what we might think as guys, women don’t all have the same stereotypical view of the man of their dreams. Women like variations in their men. Some men like a husky guy and some men want a woman with a little extra. Magazines and the internet creates this false idea of what beauty really is.

goal vs. standard

Having a distinct goal versus a standard must be addressed. It is fine to have a goal because that is something to shoot for in life. But when something becomes the standard it must be observed through a proper lens. Because something that becomes a standard can leave you depressed if you are not looking at it in a rational manner. Meaning you want to date a man 6’3 or above, 90% of men are shorter than 5’10. So if your standard is above this you’re most likely going to live out life alone. If your goal is something quite unattainable, even if you never get it, you can still be happy.


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REGIONALLY OVERWEIGHT: WHY SPECIFIC REGIONS MUST CHANGE THEIR HABITS

Person Holding Tape Measure

“Get it together.”


overeating in america

I come from the Midwest, and if you know anything about this region of the country, you know we love to eat. And let’s not leave out the South as well. And to put things into perspective, when I say eat, I mean everything has pork fat, lard, fried, and glazed. Oh yeah, BBQ’d and smoked to perfection. And here lies the problem with the regions. Because when you have of the top fattest cities, four of the top five in one state (Texas) that possess a serious health concern. I know we live in a country where we can eat what we want, but there has to be limits. Texas, as I mentioned, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan; these places lead the charge in being overweight.

good eatin, bad problems

What happens when you consume so much food, you start to develop health issues surrounding the food you eat. Diabetes, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, hyperglycemia, colon cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer, liver disease, pancreatic cancer, gallbladder disease, kidney failure, and loss of vision (which can stem from diabetes). Now, if eating good means any of these issues, keep the meal over there. But we seem to not care and tell people don’t tell me what to eat. But it will be the problem of someone when they are forced to care for you when you lose a leg to Diabetes. So eat what you like, but think for just a moment those who may have to care for you.

hell, water can be bad drinking too much

You want to have a few donuts, fine; a little Haagen Dazs, go nuts. But go nuts every now and then. You can eat anything, just don’t make things a habit. Too much bread and not a balance of other foods can lead to illnesses. And what is more healthy then good old fashion bread. Well, there are fruits and vegetables; but beware, too much fruit raises sugar levels as well. You don’t need to eat sweets to still get sick. And after hearing this you say, now who cares. If fruit gets me sick, let me eat my donuts in peace. Well, nothing is guaranteed, but fruit is a hell of a lot better than chips and cookies and donuts. So eat as you wish, but don’t say you weren’t warned.


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WHEN YOU CAN’T AFFORD THE BEST: WHAT TO DO ABOUT HEALTH COVERAGE ON A BUDGET

Person Using Black Blood Pressure Monitor

“Take care of yourself.”


(how it works) I am not the sole owner of the video above. Click the link in the parenthesis to watch more about insurance on eHealth.

afford something

The video above talks about how insurance coverage works. And if you happen to be one the Americans who can afford health coverage that works for you and your family, then count your lucky stars. Because there are so many people in this country who don’t have the means to pay for their healthcare. I know for myself, I went a very long time no being able to afford healthcare coverage. But now I do have some form of coverage. Notice I said some form of coverage. Because I don’t have the best, but it is enough to get the job done.

remember, low is good enough

Note something, I said before that it is good to have some type of insurance. But realize that when I say you have some type, you are not necessarily provided with good insurance. Check out the coverage to what about of money. Check out the co-pays if there are any. Also, check out the people that are in your network available to you. You might learn that you could find yourself out of a lot of money if there is something seriously wrong with your health. Even with insurance, you are out of a lot of money because you’re buying on a budget. But if it’s all you can afford, I guess you have to go with that type of insurance coverage.

stay strong, just in case

When you know that you are on a budget when it comes to healthcare, then you have to make the adjustments to your life. Make sure you eat right and exercise whenever you can. There is nothing guaranteed, but at least you lower your chances when you take precaution. Like me, I have some serious paranoia when it comes to health. So even with exercise, I tend to get sick. So imagine if you don’t take care of yourself.


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NOTHING LIKE FOCUSING: HOW DO YOU CHANNEL YOUR MENTAL ENERGY

Woman Meditating

“Cool calm, and collective.”


cerebral feel good

When it comes to your mental health, how well do you channel energy from the inside out is important. What are some things that your mind focuses on that will aid in your overall good mental energy? Some of us focus on our careers others focus on our personal lives. But whatever it may be, you have to have something that holds your attention. Once you find that thing or things, you will be able to dismiss all the other bad things that try to find their way into your psyche. Now, as far as certain activities like meditation, I am unfamiliar with this type of ritual so I will leave that to the people who know best.

figure you out

In order to get to a place of knowing your mental energy and making it work for you, you have to first get to a place of recognizing what that means. And what do I mean by what mental energy means. Do you have to read books? Maybe. Do you have to try different technical exercises? Maybe. It is a time sort of method. And by that I mean, you have to look over a certain period of time within your life. And from that reflection figure out your shit. Hate to sound that straight forward, but it truly is what you have to do. Figuring out your shit means getting to a place of knowing how to make the world around you work in your favor to aid in your success.

internal benefits

When you are able top focus and channel your mental energy there are good health benefits, mainly mental health. Now, of course there are physical benefits like less stress on the body because you are in a bad cerebral place. But still, when the mind is not right, then you are going to run into some serious problems that will ultimately effect the physical anyways. And those ophyscial problems generally are issues that come from your own self harming.


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MY MIND PLAYING TRICKS: THINKING YOU ARE NOT AS GOOD AS YOU ARE

Man Wearing Gray Sweater in Selective Focus Photography

“Mind F**K.”


why i hurt

I come from work from my overnight shift and go to sleep because it is still in the early A.M. And when I wake up it is usually in the morning in as well. How do I get myself motivated when my mind is rattled about when and where to start my day. This is something that comes across my mind on a daily basis. You start to feel like your mind is trying to destroy you from progressing in life. And that is a tough thing because you need your mind to exist. And your mind will be the launching pad that will propel you into success. So when it goes so does the ability to succeed.

the mirror doesn’t lie, your mind does

You ever stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself with disdain? The look that you don’t like what you see and that you are never going to be better than where you are now. That feeling of image as you look in the mirror will eventually turn into your reality. And the mirror will give you a literal interpretation of what you think of yourself. Only the mirror is not a trick mirror. You will slowly turn into the person you thought you were prior to what you have become. Your own physical embodiment will shift and now you are that person you hate. Trust and believe I know what that feeling is about and have been in that place.

uncertainty and unknown

Walking into the land of who knows what is a scary place to be. Because now you are trying to maneuver in a place where you are foreign. You don’t speak the language of the land and any form of communication means nothing. And I walk through this land, not because of the city where I dwell, but life. And that is why I feel like the mind is playing tricks. What I wake up intending to do and what I actually do sometimes is different. It’s like I am in a fight with myself because I don’t ever think I look as good as I look. I don’t think I am as smart as I am. So there is this constant battle with self until I am successful at what I do in life.


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QUALITY OF LIFE: HOW YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH EFFECTS DAILY ACTIVITIES

Man and Woman Jogging Near Body of Water

“Take care.”


just existing

Ever wake up in the morning and feel like you just can’t get yourself motivated to do anything that is of benefit to your physical health? This is something that millions of Americans deal with everyday. And the reason being is that staying in shape is such a tough feat, especially once you’re out of school and no longer have to do so. You hated it in gym class, and even more now that you’re an adult. But what happens when you are not motivated to care about your physical health? I’ll tell you what happens, so goes the quality of life with the physique. Try doing to simplest of activities when you are not in shape and see how difficult it can be. Difficulty that was not there when you were in the best shape of your life.

going about your day

You take one step, then two steps, and by the third step you have to stop and take a breather. You are going to have to ask yourself a  few questions. And one of those questions is, how much do you weigh? Are you of healthy size? And if you still feel fine, know that walking such short stints and then having to stop for air is not normal. That is your body telling you are not fine. As a human being, why are the easiest of task wearing you out? Lifting weights should make you tired, but walking halfway up the street without having to take a seat is problematic. And I know people say love yourself, but liking what you see, and what is negatively effecting your body is another. You can discredit the physician, but don’t be surprised when it happens, the drawbacks.

when enough is enough

There will have to come a day where you can no longer run away from the thing that is keeping you from motivating yourself. You will have to eventually say to yourself that you are not well. And anyone who has dealt with weight problems their entire life will tell you that they don’t truly feel good. Not being mobile so you can accomplish simple task effecting your overall quality of life is not something you want to live with over time.


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GOOD HEALTH, GOOD LOOKS: HOW HEALTH MAKES YOU LOOK BETTER

Photo of Women Wearing One-piece swimsuit

“Take care, people see.”


your upkeep

Whenever you look in the mirror, do you like what you see? If you do, count your luck stars because a lot of people do not like themselves for who they are physically. And if you happen to be one of these unhappy people, there is something you can do about it. What you can do is try to put yourself on a small workout program. Make something like 30 minutes a couple times a week. Then when you get more comfortable, you can switch up and make it more times per week as well as heavier lifting. And never underestimate the good feeling of the compliments you might receive.

the out fit

Your clothes that you typically wear will start to fit your differently once you start putting yourself on a strict regimen. You will put on clothes and there will be this glove feeling that shows off more of your figure and the feeling of how it fits will be different. I started lifting weights last year of 2018, and I will tell you from experience that shirts do appear to look a certain way. Your jeans will fit in a way, especially if you are a woman, that will extenuate your curves.

moments of realization

There will come time you look in the mirror and be able to stand there and look at yourself feeling good. And that’s what taking care of your health does for your overall quality of life. Some people have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning because they are so worn. But if you practice good habits, then you will be able to have that good feeling so many people have when living in a healthy body.


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