WAIT…STOP.. I CAN’T PERFORM UNLESS I DO AND HAVE THIS!

WAIT…STOP.. I CAN’T PERFORM UNLESS I DO AND HAVE THIS!

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It’s 2016 and sexism still runs rampant in our society. The Olympics is a sporting competition, not a beauty pageant. It’s a show of how athletic and strong someone is and compete with others who are also athletic and strong. They are the best of the best of all the athletes around the world. It’s a time for all countries to take these few days, and stop all war and violence and come together to watch, celebrate and honor the best athletes in the world. It is not, like a Fox guest stated, “the goal of training, working hard and going to the Olympics is to win product endorsements”. These two guests said that the “gals” should put makeup on, a little blush, etc. as no one wants to see their “zits”.

Gabby Douglas, a Gold Medal all around gymnast is condemned for her hair.

Hungarian World Breaker Swimmer Katinka Hosszu’s husband was credited for her outstanding performance by saying “And here’s the man responsible”.

Yes, there are people who help us along our way, whether it is our parents, our coaches, mentors and teachers. However, you can’t make a person have the inner motivation and drive and passion and even make their body perform beyond what they are capable of or willing to do. The person is ultimately the one who decides how much and how far he or she is willing to go. Allow the athlete to give credit to someone if they feel they deserve some credit.

Bronze Medal Winner Corey Cogdell where they didn’t mention her name but focused on her NFL husband (I won’t mention his name).

How about an anchor who after observing a group of female athletes, said “might as well be standing in the middle of the mall”. Has anyone ever said that about male athletes who huddle together?

A male announcer who said the male swimmers height measurements only yet he describes the female swimmer as “statuesque 6’2”.

As an athlete, it is expected that people will look at their bodies, their form, their strength, and skills whatever the specific sport is that they are involved in. There are certain muscles that are involved in each sport that are worked on more than others even though most of them are whole body workouts. It is expected and natural for an athlete to sweat, to have their hair messed up, or some blemishes, scars, scratches, etc. The uniforms are made to make sure they are comfortable and have as little distraction as possible. It’s not a fashion show.

It takes hours and years of practice to perform this good and win. What they wear or don’t wear, whether they have a strand of hair loose, whether they have blemishes, whether they wear makeup or not, is not what makes them an athlete. Hard work, practice, dedication, motivation, focus, high tolerance of pain, sacrifices made, skill, and the desire are the qualities that are important to being an Olympian champion.

I am proud of our Olympian Champions and I applaud all the athletes from every country for representing their country.

Mitzi Reed

Award Winning Author of Awaken to Your Inner Authentic Beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been there so I understand

I have struggled with this and am still struggling as I am going through changes. I know what’s it like to have physical pain, to struggle with weight no matter what you do. I have received the insensitive, ignorant remarks about if I just stop eating, eat the right foods and exercise, etc then I wouldn’t have this problem. People don’t understand that sometimes things are beyond your control no matter what you do. People with back, neck knee or other injuries that prevent them many activities, hormones, thyroid, metabolism, etc out of whack and you are going through the process to see what works, etc. Negative body image because of people including yourself judging, criticizing, body shaming, etc. I know how it feels. I have been there. I have chronic neck pain due to an automobile accident that was not my fault. I have a thyroid and adrenal issue. Stress has caused havoc on my body. I have been on the roller coaster of weight gain and loss.I have found ways to help me overcome my own negative body image and how to take care of myself. I wrote about my struggles and how I overcame them in my new book, Awaken to Your Inner Authentic Beauty. Perhaps it will help and inspire you as well.