Society has created the norm for what fitness should look like. From Instagram models to fitness influencers, we often get the misconception that we need to have extremely flat stomachs and zero percent body fat. Not true. Everyone's life story is different, and it is up to us to realize this for the sake of our own sanity and for others. You may ask why I titled this post "You don't know my story", but it's actually quite simple.
This represents all the judgement we pass on our fellow man/woman. This is for the people we don't know and sometimes don't understand. There is a woman out there somewhere that is overweight and is struggling to lose that last 20 pounds. Little do we know, she has battled lifelong thyroid issues, goes to the gym religiously, and has already lost an initial 40 pounds prior. Or, there is a man out there that struggles from eating issues and has taken the necessary steps to get help. The point here is that everyone is at a different step in their life, whether it be the start of a new journey or a long-standing battle. So what gives us the right to judge a book by it's cover? nothing.
The issue is that we often deal with our own insecurities in a manner that degrades others or downplays there past achievements. Let us remember that we all are essentially cut from the same cloth. Underneath the skin, muscle, fat, bones, etc, etc, and etc, there is a human being with feelings and struggles.
Our society needs to embrace others rather than put them down. Help your fellow man to attain their goals as they strive to achieve them for themselves. If we all put as much energy into uplifting rather than demeaning others, then those on the receiving end of these actions would feel more inclined to continue on. Encouragement is everything. so think about this the next time you see someone on the treadmill trying to make themselves better, even if they don't fit the mold that you are accustomed to in your life experiences. Plain and simply put you don't know a person's story, so don't judge a book by it's cover.