Let’s talk abs. Washboard, six pack, four pack, three pack, two pack, one pack. Bikini season, spring break and summer vacation, the pressure seems to be on to look “perfect”.
I’ve gotten this question a lot lately, “well, you have abs don’t you Lizz?” or “what about your six pack?” Here’s the deal, for a long time I’d work out, lifted weights and followed a diet strictly because I wanted to look a certain way. It left me so disappointed and frustrated because I was strong as hell, but hated myself in a bathing suit or fitted clothing. I’d check in the mirror every day to see if I had made an improvement on my physical appearance, thinking “maybe today’s the day I’ll see my abs pop through!” And then, because the Ab Fairy didn’t visit me that night, I’d be disappointed that my body didn’t magically transform into what I thought was perfect overnight.
The truth is, my core is rock solid, it’s strong and can support me dead lifting twice my body weight and squatting 1 ½ my body weight. I don’t question the strength of my core, or it’s ability to improve for that matter. But I get questioned about its visibility all the time.
With a meet right around the corner, all of my workouts engage and strengthen my core. But I constantly feel like as women, we’re fighting this loosing battle for a six-pack. I question sometimes if I’m training for a meet or swimsuit season…
I guess what I’m trying to say through all of this, is that there’s not a magic potion or pill you can take to get the perfect body. If you look at each of us Miss Fits, you’ll see we’re unique from one another. But we’re each awesome because of that. I think the biggest thing to help me with my insecurity over my tummy is that I’m the one that cares the most about it. I’m the one who notices the six pack or lack there of, not everyone around me. The more I remember this, the less pressure I feel to look like a girl on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
I want to encourage everyone here to think about goals and what you’re working towards. The amount of work it takes to get down to six pack abs really isn’t a sustainable lifestyle for most of us. I’ve constantly struggled to be okay with that. But I’ve learned to work towards something greater than just appearance; I work towards strength and feeling good. That’s an empowerment that a six-pack or the “perfect body” won’t give me. It’s contentment with what I have now, and knowing there’s room for improvement for the future.