WOW! What a performance by Lady Gaga at the superbowl halftime show. I must admit that while she is not necessarily my cup of tea artistically…she is growing on me rather fast. Did you see the Versace outfit? Oh my; eye catching to say the least. Her boots are items I now desire. Her dare devil jump from the roof top was astounding and let’s go ahead and say how incredible she sounded and danced. I am now a fan of hers. BUT, my own opinion is just one of many. The most outrageous opinions are the people who are saying she has a gut. YES, people are actually body shaming this woman. Out of that whole dazzling performance people are focusing on her gut!
First off, Lady gaga is reportedly 5’1 weighing in at a whopping 108lbs AND her measurements are 34-26-37. Soooo, where is the gut here? What do these people think she should weigh and measure? Those measurements are eerily close to my own. I am just a bit narrower at 5’1, 100lbs, 33-24.5-33. I am in an industry where looking your best is the utmost important. I really hope to change that view. Looks can be deceiving. There are many women who are battling eating disorders, exercise overload, flabby skin due to lack of weight lifting, stress and anxiety disorders…and these women “look” good.
As a personal trainer, fitness instructor and nutritionist…basically a health coach…looking good shouldn’t necessarily be the focus. Don’t we all truthfully want to be healthy and energized so we can be the most productive living fruitful fulfilling lives? Why do we feel the need to “look” a certain way? Society places entirely too much criticism on women’s bodies. Worse than that; women place too much criticism on women’s bodies. I was told that when I weighed 115lbs, was 26″ waist and could lift some heavy weights and I was muscular, that I was fat. The person told me after I had lost down to 100lbs. She wanted to know what I did to look this way because I used to be fat. (True story, promise) And she was a woman, a friend. Another friend of mine was told that she had gained weight and needed to lose about 15lbs. Her friend told her that! (by the way she is a size 6 and wears smalls) My own daughter was told by her paternal grandmother that she didn’t understand what had happened because she had gained so much weight. Are you kidding me?! I wish I was, because that sent me through the roof. By the way, my daughter is an athlete and she is 17 years old. She is an overachiever who makes all A’s. Why didn’t her grandmother focus on that?
We women are taught at a young age to look our best. Be thin, stuff your bra if needed, suck the tummy in if needed, makeup on, hair always done and find a good husband. Most of us are now taught to also make tons of money becoming wildly successful, have babies, take care of the house, cook, get kids involved in sports, etc. The list is endless and society is relentless, but those around us are just as harsh. When do we say…I love you and accept you for who you are. If someone is overweight…I love you just the way you are, your health is of concern to me, does it concern you, what can I do to help. Be alive! Be healthy! Be kind! Be Energized! Be empowered! Be you! Be the best you that you can be. God only created one you and your body is His temple so we must treat it with respect, but most importantly we must treat others with love and respect.
Proverbs 15:1-2 ESV
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
Matthew 7:1-5 ESV
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.