I was reading an article on the Women’s Health Magazine website when a pop-up window, well, popped up. Nothing seemed odd because many websites have pop-ups asking visitors to subscribe for emails, social media links, store coupons, etc. etc. etc. This one offered their 21-Day Bikini Body Plan. Thanks but no thanks, Women’s Health because I already have a plan. I looked for the ‘x’ in the top right-hand corner but there wasn’t one. You see, the only way to get rid of the box was to either give them my email address or click, “No thanks, I already have a bikini body.” Good grief, I’m on the site looking the pop-up right now! Here’s a screenshot with the link circled in blue.
The sentence made me stop for a moment before clicking it because to tell you the truth, it made me feel bad. I have a beautiful bikini but you couldn’t get me to wear it. It’s folded neatly in a drawer and hasn’t been next to my skin since initially trying it on. I wouldn’t wear it in private and definitely not in public because I don’t have think I have the body to go along with it. Wearing that cute blue bikini was my fitness goal at one time because I was already in my goal jeans and about two months away from achieving it. No really, I was that close…and now I’m not. It hurts to go from feeling healthy and strong to struggling all over again. I feel like the proverbial dog that “returns to its vomit.” It’s just that terrible and that sad place is where this pop-up window took me. Then I considered women whose body struggles were greater than my own and got really angry with this pop-up. A site like Women’s Health Magazine shouldn’t make anybody feel this way! I clicked the phrase and made the box go away. I know that I don’t have a bikini body by this website’s standards but it’s mine and a work in progress that will definitely take longer than twenty-one days. Besides I’ve got bigger fitness fish to fry than a bikini body, like increased strength, stamina and overall wellness. Those goals are much dearer to me than “looking good” in skimpy swimwear.
The featured image is from http://www.swimsuitsforall.com/ that recreated the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover with four more realistic women. Outstanding!