This is a picture of me and my two gorgeous best friends. Clearly, we all have very different body types, and you know what? None of us is healthier, prettier or happier than the others because of it.
That’s me on the left. I’m short, super petite, and have about as much muscle mass as a blob of gelatin. Despite being naturally thin, I have always been far from in shape. Not even a month ago, running two minutes at a time was a struggle—now I can run without stopping for more than a half hour.
Felicia, in the center, is probably the most active girl I know. The opposite of me, she’s one of those people that can build muscle just by looking in the direction of a dumbbell. She loves running like I do, and we’ve discussed running a 5k. She’s a big yoga enthusiast and has tried all sorts of different forms that I can’t pronounce, and she’s found free community yoga classes for us to attend together. Also, she has abs of steel, seriously. She’s helping me with my ab workouts. She’s also recently lost over 60 lbs through her active lifestyle and healthy diet.
That’s my friend Maddy on the right. She’s curvy and feminine, but she’s a beast in the gym. Strength training is her thing. She could probably bench press two of me. Not only is she incredibly strong, she’s insanely flexible and an avid pole dancer. We’re taking classes together even though she can spin circles around me on that damn pole, and look gorgeous while she does it.
My friends inspire me so much, and remind me that diversity is lovely. You don’t have to be skinny to be beautiful and confident, nor do you have to look like girls in Nike ads to be strong and fit. You don’t need to weigh a certain number, fit into a certain size, or have a certain appearance to be confident, healthy, or happy. I think that my friends prove that to me.
I’ll never be long and willowy like a supermodel, or well-built like all those fitspo girls. I’ll never look like either of my friends, and they’ll never look like me. And that’s ok, because fitness is about being the best you can be, not comparing yourself to others.
Embrace what you have, and help others embrace what they have. Fitness is funner with friends. Get them involved. Take a class, go for a walk, make a healthy dinner together. You’ll always have support and a fun activity to bond over.
this is one of the best things i’ve read on tumblr. Friends come in all different shapes, colors and sizes. May your friendships be everlasting
I just can’t NOT reblog this. Everyone should read it.
This was absolutely amazing, well worth the time to read, wow. Beautiful.
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The fashionable former First Lady of Nigeria, Victoria Gowon in her “oleku” styled iro and buba outfit at the state banquet in buckingham palace in 1973. She stands along side Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philips…looking dapper as usual, and former Nigeria’s head of state, Yakubu Gowon.
idk why i came in dis club withchu gurrrrllll.
On this day in music history: April 23, 1988 - “Da’Butt” by E.U. hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #35 on the Hot 100 on May 21, 1988. Written by Marcus Miller and Mark Stevens, it is the biggest hit for the Washington DC based go-go band fronted by lead singer and bassist Gregory “Sugarbear” Eliot. The song is featured in the Spike Lee directed film “School Daze”. Lee will call on bassist/songwriter/producer Marcus Miller to write “a party song” for a scene in his film. Miller will collaborate with singer/songwriter Mark Stevens (brother of singer Chaka Khan) of The Jamaica Boys, and then cut the track with the Washington DC based go-go band Experience Unlimited (aka E.U.). To add “atmosphere” to the song, Miller will have Spike Lee invite the entire cast of the film to the studio, and have a party during the recording session. E.U. will also appear in the film, performing the song.
EYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! Turn UUUUUUUUUUUUUUPPP!!!!!!
(Can you imagine if this video was made now? There would be bare ass everywhere!)