Diet & Fitness

strong is the new skinny…or is it?


so you’ve all heard that statement and i am glad our world is moving from stick thin being the only source of beautiful to something more relatable.  but is it? i can’t relate to that woman above.  she probably has worked her butt off (literally) to look that way.  sucking down protein and spending hours at the gym.  we have gone from one extreme to the other.  i’m either staring at super models and wishing i was thin or staring at these ripped woman and thinking i’m a failure for a lack of rock hard abs.  i’m a big fitness girl.  i love it. i love working out and eating healthy but i will NEVER look like her.  i will not spend my life at the gym 3 hours a day and packing coolers of chicken to every family gathering. i will however workout, eat healthy, and try my best to love myself.  but i sure hope that it doesn’t take 6 pack abs for me to be happy.

why aren’t we celebrating a real woman? a woman that spends time with her family, works out regularly, eats an occasional brownie, and has bad hair days? i wanna see and read stories about those women who still find times for themselves without sacrificing a balanced life. in no way am i putting down those who compete in fitness comps or body building i just don’t think its a realistic image to strive for as a regular women.  i still want to be considered beautiful without having to turn my life into a fitness comp.  i’m starting it here.  i am declaring that i will try my hardest to love my body as is and as it’s going to evolve when i have kids someday. i’m going to love the fact my genetics are the way they are and keep working out as i do. my goal for this next week is spend time with carson, eat, sweat, and have fun:) sounds like a good time to me!

that’s my rant for your tuesday.


jessie ann


  • brittney
    April 23, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I completely agree.. Ive slacked on my workouts but I was working out hardcore and guess what my 6pack is no where to be found. Im happy with my appearance. I dont care about what other people think anymore ultimately its my opinion of myself that matters right?!

    • jessie.james
      April 27, 2014 at 2:21 am

      Your right Brittney! I agree. its more important you feel awesome about yourself than caring what others think! I need to work on that:)

  • Ashley
    May 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I am working through those same thoughts myself. I need to work on believing it when I say it though. I don’t think I am genuinely there yet. Still think I need to look like the strong photo.

    • jessie.james
      May 25, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Ashley, I am right there with you! It takes time to change those thoughts!

  • Leah @ Project Fit Betty
    August 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    This is great! I completely agree and am working on that as well. I know with 2 kids, a husband and a super busy life that I will never look like that either. Awesome little post!


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