No thanks Women’s Health, I already have a bikini body

No thanks Women’s Health, I already have a bikini body

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.

You’re better than this, Women’s Health Magazine!

You’re better than this, Women’s Health Magazine!

The featured image is from http://www.swimsuitsforall.com/ that recreated the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover with four more realistic women. Outstanding!