I'm dedicating this blog post to anther blog that I found, written by a 25 year old woman named Caitlin Boyle living in Orlando, Florida. She has two blogs, one where she chronicles her fitness and nutrition lifestyle and the other one which she calls, Operation Beautiful is what I'll be explaining. Caitlin's mission is the following:
One of my biggest personal crusades is ending Fat Talk. If my little blog only does one productive thing, I hope it helps readers realize how truly toxic fat talk is — it hurts you emotionally, spiritually, and physically. I want to reach as many people as possible with my End the Fat Talk message.
I encourage you to watch the video in the above link, or here:
Caitlin's project is simple: spreading the word of making people feel good about themselves with just a pen and paper. She encourages others to write notes, usually on post-it notes, anywhere someone may see it. The most common places are bathroom mirrors, gym locker rooms and on the covers of women's magazines. Check out her blogto see some great examples of people in action.
So this morning I had to go out to Walmart to get a gift for my friends twins for their birthday. I threw my post-its in my purse and made my way to the magazine aisle. It didn't take long for me to find a magazine that would make any average woman feel badly about herself. It was Abs Magazine (which by the way, there is really a magazine dedicated to abdominals? Having a fitness background myself, I know that abs are for holding yourself upright, supporting your back and they help in childbirth. That's it. Is it completely necessary for us to HAVE to have flat, six-pack abs just for that? Sorry, I digress…). Here is my post it:
This magazine promised to give us flat, sexy abs in 6 minutes, shrink our bellies, and talks about liposuction. Oh, thank you, Abs Magazine! An answer to my prayers! So my note reads, “You're beautiful…just the way you are!” I hope someone reads it, smiles and feels good about herself instead of looking at the headlines and the photoshopped model on the cover and feels like crap. I intend to post many, many notes!
I encourage you all to spread this simple, yet powerful task. You may be surprised how it ends up making you feel better about YOURself too. Make sure you have your camera ready and send the picture to Caitlin so she can post it on her blog!