Tag: health

She Has No Choice?!

She Has No Choice?!

By: Saipriya V Sterilization  is a common procedure used to terminate fertility . The two most common procedures include tubectomy in women and vasectomy in men.  Though the male sterilization procedure is medically less complicated, globally  2.5 to 4 times women are sterilized than men […]

It’s My Pain. Period.

It’s My Pain. Period.

By: Reya Dhandhari  In the recent social media outcry over Rupi Kaur’s Instagram picture of her period leak, I was moved by her courageous and fierce response to the removal of her post. I remember when I had my first period, that I immediately got […]

A Little R&R for the New Me: Realistic Resolutions

A Little R&R for the New Me: Realistic Resolutions

By: Reya D

We’re about four months in 2015, so now is a pretty good time to check in with that New Year’s Resolution.

I always set a similar resolution for myself every year, I say to myself in the mirror: “This year you will loose those extra 10 lbs”. Then after researching visits to the gym to find out about memberships, and budgeting the cost, I end up deciding to save the money and put on a cardio video at home. I plan out a whole 28-day meal plan and make a grocery list and stick to purchasing only the things on the meal plan (i.e. NO COOKIES, but fancy dark chocolate is okay). I start to feel great about my body because I’m sticking to my “resolution”, and then right about now I get off the wagon. It was my choice to start; therefore I believe it’s my choice to stop working out, and my choice to stop eating healthier than I’d normally do. Yet, somehow my loved ones seem to have an issue with me stopping, when I don’t. They want me to continue, and make comments about my “lack of commitment” when I really couldn’t care less for their opinions. I have never seen these commentaries as encouragement, rather it feels more like nagging.

I really did feel great about working out and eating right, but I was doing those things for myself when I started. I think that this is where a lot of the time, New Year’s resolutions to loose weight or change our diet plans get confused for all age groups of women alike, especially young women. I know that social media and pop culture boast the ideal body figure, and every Cosmo magazine I pass by has a quick-step solution to the perfect buns/thighs/abs, etc.  However, none of these media outlets has a quick-step solution for changing how I think about me, or how women should see and support each other. They all aim to changing my body and not my mind-set. I believe that the whole eat right/fitness prone agenda is really set up as a way to keep women in competition with one another. That the ideal body image of a “toned, 20 something year old” is out of date with the reality of most working women’s lives.

I’ve changed my resolution. I want to cultivate healthier thoughts and improve my well-being. My solution is to believe in myself and work on improving how I can encourage others to do the same. I believe that there needs to be more efforts put towards women appreciating themselves as they are—before beginning that work-out and eat right regiment. Women need to encourage each other, not compete. It’s so much more fun to have a workout buddy than a coach. So I say: “there really is no better time than ME time, enjoy it!”