My Body Is Not Your Concern

My Body Is Not Your Concern

I ran two miles today and ate a burger, get over it.
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Recently I was told by some meat head that if I just started to workout more, I'd be "WAY more attractive."

Let me just begin by saying, MY BODY IS NOT YOUR CONCERN! Just like your body is not my concern.

Body image with almost anyone can be a touchy subject. Some way or another, people will find flaws in themselves even if you think they look absolutely perfect. We are known for being our own worst enemies when it comes to that. Being a girl that has struggled with body image since middle school it's not the easiest thing to hear comments like this. I can't stand to hear them directed towards other people let alone myself.

You should only be concerned with your body, not someone else's.

If I want to go to the gym, then I will go to the gym. If I want to eat a whole pizza, well...I'm going to eat that whole pizza. My schedule is very time consuming. Between work, school, clubs, and volunteer work, it's rare that I actually get time at home to just relax. Yes, I go to the gym as often as I can and recently I've been able to expand that to sometimes going twice a day.

I am more upset with the fact that people find it completely okay to comment on other peoples gym habits. For all you know, that person you just insulted has been struggling with the last ten pounds for months now. Losing weight and getting in shape is not easy. It takes consistency and time. Yes, I said it. It takes time to get the body you desire and often times you'll still find flaws.

Put yourself in their shoes. How would it feel to hear that "if you just worked out more, I'd probably be more attracted to you." It'd probably be terrible. People spend enough time critiquing themselves, they don't need you to do it for them. I just find it absurd that people still have the audacity to say such things.

Growing up, our parents would often tell us the cliche "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" phrase. Now, while we routinely tell ourselves this later on in life, we also understand it's a huge lie. I have felt physical pain from broken bones and I can without a doubt say, these wounds have healed quicker. The verbal abuse that we face without realizing is what sticks to us the hardest.

I have dated men that told me if I "hit the gym" with them they'd be more attracted. Since when did a relationship become based solely on physical attraction. Don't get me wrong, I am all for couples empowering one another to become the best possible self they can be; however, there is a way to do this without imposing emotional harm on them.

God molded us into the people we are today. He watches over every one of us, including those that find it O.K. to say these sorts of comments. While he probably shakes his head in silence at these moments, he is also encouraging us to ignore such hateful words. He has made us. It would be rude to acknowledge his creations as "less attractive" or "not beautiful."

Just remember, you are beautiful in your own way. If you want to go for a run after reading this, all the more power to you! I will encourage you every step of the way. If you want to go buy tacos with some friends, I find that just as great. Your body is your concern, no one else.

Cover Image Credit: Dr. Sara Gottfried MD

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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5 Bible Quotes Hate Preachers Must Have Skipped

A lot of people preach a lot of things about who is going to heaven and who is going to hell. They spit out a lot of Bible Verses to back there claims. I just want to show them some that they may have forgotten about.

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A "pastor" came to Villanova last week with some signs that essentially said only perfect people get to Heaven and everybody else hates God. This, quite frankly, pissed me off. He said women are only good for the kitchen. He said eating disorders are nothing more than a choice. He said all gay people are rapists. He said such outlandish, and often contradictory things that I've concluded he doesn't even really believe that stuff but just wants to get people mad so they hit him and he can file a lawsuit, but that's just my guess. Regardless, after all the stuff he said about God how God thinks and judges, after he essentially claimed himself as perfect as God, I just thought I would highlight some parts of the Bible he must have missed.

1. "For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Mt 7:2

I don't want to call the guy out or anything, but if he wants to preach the Word of God I feel like he should know ALL of it. Ya know?

2. "There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?"  James 4:12

3. "For God shows no favoritism" Romans 2:11

God loves everyone equally, I just want the guy to know that. God loves me, and him, and ALL people just the same.

4. "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:18

I'm all for people saying what they believe, that's great. I just want to remind this guy that service might be a tad but more productive than yelling "WHORE" at girls with yoga pants. I might be wrong, I can't be sure what God really wants but we can agree to disagree I guess.

5. "Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." Romans 13:10

I'm not saying this guy was doing harm per se, but something about screaming "You're going to hell" to a group of college students trying to get to class just doesn't seem like love to me. Maybe that's just me though. Again, not judging, just giving my opinion.

Well, I hope that this pastor sees this because I really do just want to make sure he reads all of God's word before he preaches it. I'm really just looking out for him. There are certainly more than he must of missed, but I just thought these would be a good start. Anybody who has been judged or condemned by an "evangelist" like this, please excuse the fact that they forgot about quite a few Bible verses in their preaching. I just want you all to know that no matter who you are, no matter what you believe, no matter how others want to make you feel, God loves you, and so do I.

Peace<3

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