Last week, Frugivore published an article about the growing number of Black “thinspo” photos and blogs floating about. Some people voiced concern.
I think it misses the target.
Instead of “thinspo,” we need “fitspo.”
I won’t hurl all the statistics about Black women and obesity at you. I’m sure you’ve heard them enough. Plus, I hate how the media always targets overweight people saying they are at higher risks of a) “the sugar” b) hypertension c) heart disease and d) the inability to find a good Black man but don’t refer to people with “normal weight” who have these issues as well.
And this is where I feel “FitSpo,” instead of “Thinspo,” can come in.
For “Fitspo” spans larger than looking a certain way. “Fitspo” bleeds over into your food choices, medical choices, and attitude. Instead of focusing on size, the focus is on being fit — physically, emotionally and mentally.
“FitSpo” for Me
I’m going to get personal. I’m starting (or restarting if I’m honest) a fitness journey.
According to the BMI chart, I’m obese. Funny, I don’t feel obese. I don’t have any health issues constantly thrown together with obesity. But, at 5’3 and 185 pounds, that’s where I’m at.
I’m a pescetarian, and steadily reducing my sugar and non-complex carb intake. I eat healthier than many of my skinny friends. So I’d appreciate it if the terrors of fatness weren’t tossed at me just because of my size.
But fat-girl ranting aside, I don’t feel like a fit 22-year-old.
I’d like to lose 50 pounds. But I want more than to just lose weight. I want to be healthier. And the fitness blogs on Tumblr have been my biggest motivators so far. With images like this and this, they are more relatable, more moving and more encouraging than any picture of a skinny woman in fashionable clothes could ever be.
I have to admit I’m envious of the ladies on sites such as FuckYeahChubbyGirls or The Thickness (NSFW), who can see their beauty and raise a collective middle finger to a sizist society. I’m envious of this woman here, who works her butt off at the gym despite not having the body of a Sports Illustrated model. But for me to be the Crissa I can, I feel I should lose some fat and gain some muscle. I feel I should be fit.
I’m grateful for the thinspo discussion, because it’s another avenue for a discussion on health and fitness. But, for society at large, and the Black community specifically, fitspo is the way to go.
For some “fitspiration,” check out this blogs: