I even love some of the workouts I've found on there:
I even love some of the tips I receive via pins like paying yourself for working out. I do love the inspirational pins about how a 14 minute mile and a 7 minute mile still both cover a mile. Things like that are encouraging and motivating.
What I don't love about fitness stuff on Pinterest is this:
I've lost 50 pounds, ran several half marathons, continue running and working out almost daily - and I don't look anywhere near this. The second picture is a little grotesque, in my opinion. I never want abs like that! And the last picture really disappoints me because it's an article from Livestrong about how to get rid of excess skin - as if that girl in that picture has excess skin. Just like the girl above doesn't really have a lower belly pooch like the article suggests! Sickening the things we make young girls (and old girls) think about their bodies - women are supposed to have higher body fat than men. Seeing your ribs isn't cute (if you come about it naturally, I know that many girls have opposite sensitivities where they are made to feel anorexic - even when they aren't - just because they are REALLY thin). Why can't we just appreciate our bodies for what they are and accept them, flaws and all.
I'm not saying I wouldn't jump at the chance of an all-expenses paid tummy tuck. It's hard to see my skin stretched so thin (everywhere) and have my belly look all weird. Especially when I didn't appreciate my teenage body for how awesome it looked. But I really have come to a place of (mostly) acceptance with my body. I have a muffin top, I have a pooch, I have large thighs and a big ol' butt!
I'm not complaining, simply stating. There are also things I love about my body. I love my shoulders, my arms, my calves (sometimes - depends on if what I'm wearing makes me look short or not haha). I know my thighs and butt help strengthen my runs. I know my stomach has held two sweet boys for 9 long months, stretching so far to make them a suitable home.
I would love to look perfect, but this life is not perfect. And if I looked perfect, I would probably be really vain. So I'll take this imperfection! Stretch marks and all.
If you want to see a group of really beautiful women bare a lot (not it all) and show you what strong, healthy women look like (of all shapes & sizes), check out this post from Another Mother Runner.