Posts for body image issues

No more apologies

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul - Anupriya kapur - April 6, 2017

I face the problem of camel toe in most of my workout tights. In fact, for the longest time I rejected most of my workout tights because of that. It got me thinking that instead of comfort, women have to think about so many things when they should be concentrating on just getting fit. What’s worse is when I did a google search on camel toe most links that came up were on “How to hide the camel toe?” or “How to avoid embarrassment of a camel toe?”. So, here’s the list of things, I feel, as a woman, we should not be embarrassed about and ensure we support other women rather than shaming them. Continue Reading

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You don’t have to be pretty

For the soul - Anupriya kapur - September 25, 2016

“You Don’t Have to Be Pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.’- Erin McKean

I’m someone who has been fighting body image issues all my life, and probably that’s why every word of this quote resonates with me. And I’m sure most women at some level fight these issues everyday – intensity might vary – the action and reaction might vary. And at times we don’t even know that we have these issues as it’s so deep rooted, so part of us. It slowly eats up our self esteem making us believe that we aren’t good enough on our own. That we need someone to salvage us. We end up spending half our lives pleasing others and some of us, our whole lives. We forget to love ourselves. And there can’t be bigger disservice than that. And I know it because I have started loving myself a bit after all these years of hating myself, and it’s the most beautiful feeling.

It took a lot of courage to get a pic clicked so up close and even more to share it. But the more I express, the more it liberates me; the more I share, the more I feel comfortable in my own skin. Be yourself. Love yourself.

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The subtle ways running transforms you

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - September 8, 2016

Running changes you forever. Some changes are obviously bigger and more apparent. But most times we don’t even realise the subtle changes that transform us slowly and for life. One fine morning you wake up and might realise that you are ok going out without putting on make-up or seem to have genuinely started empathising with the struggles of other people or have become much calmer and less fretful or any other big change and wonder “Hey, when did that happen…”. But it isn’t an overnight epiphany that has changed you. If you are a runner, it is the sport that might have done this to you. As it did to me. And for that, I am grateful that running happened to me. Here are a few outcomes that running has pretty much on the high and the mighty and the plebeians alike: Continue Reading

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