Just this morning we posted about the backlash Tia Mowry has received for an uptick in her weight. It got us thinking about a post natural hair and fitness guru HeyFranHey shared back in July explaining why focusing on a weight goal is unhealthy and reductive. The gorgeous guru shared the following photo to her Facebook page with a powerful caption;
On the left: 125 lbs. I was running all of Central Park (6 miles around) 4–5 times a week. HIIT workouts (high intensity interval training) every morning. My focus was on staying small, hard and lean, so I went beast mode on the cardio and plyometrics.
On the right (currently): 150 lbs. 10–15 minutes of daily cardio (running outside, riding my bike, jumping rope to full songs without stopping). I started lifting heavy weights in the gym. As well as body-weight exercises at home. Less of a focus on cardio (still doing it daily just not as hard) and being small. More of a focus on being consistent, happy and active.
This isn’t to say one lifestyle is better than the other. It’s to show that you have to switch up your routine until you find one you can commit to knocking out daily. Now I’m at more of a natural weight that I can sustain without any injuries or physical and mental stress.
Fitness should challenge you but it shouldn’t trigger binging, always falling off, sadness or depression. If it does, you’re going about it the wrong way. You should feel clear-headed, motivated and alive! Don’t use scales to obsessively weigh yourself all day long, either. That’s not what this is all about. Focus on your naked body in the mirror until you see what you like. And please don’t create diets/workouts/lifestyles based on your IG favs. Base it on what makes you feel like you’re reaching your full, most beautiful and highest potential.
Stay healthy! And happy!
You already KNOW we have to salute this queen!
This is a seamless integration of body positivity and fitness inspiration and we LOVE it!
Ladies, what are your thoughts?