The Real (Body) Weight Issue: Seeing Past the Blurred Image

After reading this article, I had the wheels in my mind turning to create this article that I am writing. It really got me thinking about how the world views body image especially for women who are athletic. It is constantly talked about through social media for as long as I can remember. Celebrities are constantly scrutinized about their weight especially when it is viewed as not being perfect. With body image comes body weight and with both of them together can cause a lot of body image issues for a lot of women no matter what place they are in life.

Currently, I weight about 143-145 lbs. depending the day of the week and where I am in my monthly “fun time period”. According to the Body Mass Index, I am at 23.4 – a big higher on the healthy scale.  I am an avid runner. I currently training for the Twin Cities Marathon by running two weekday runs ranging from 4 to 8 miles per day along with a weekend long run. I interlink my marathon with an hour on the bike and with some light weight training for some great cross-training. I eat healthy by following a gluten-free/dairy-free/sugar-free/pescatarian lifestyle.  I personally wish the number would go down, but I know that I would have sacrifice the healthy muscle mass for the lower numbers on the scale. That is not a sacrifice that I want to take.

But over the past 5 years, my body weight has change either for the better or for the worse. I have created a photo gallery to show that just a subtle changes showed in some pictures and not so much in other pictures.  I am proud to be an athlete and being a healthy example for both of my children.

As I almost exit my 30’s into my early 40’s (*gasp*) in the last few years, my main goal is maintain the best shape that I want to maintain and present myself as a healthy example of how to live out my older years. Social media can not take that away from me.

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