Gemma Atkinson… Inspiring Body Acceptance
Gemma Atkinson is a British celebrity. She is famous, in part, thanks to her good looks and impressive physique. In a recent BBC interview, she spoke candidly about the body acceptance issues she has wrestled with throughout her life. Her honest and open tale of how she finally came to accept herself was inspiring.
Gemma Atkinson’s Body Acceptance Issues
As a taller than average female with a naturally athletic build, Gemma worried that she was too big. She was the largest girl in her friendship group and she was always hung up on the fact that she was the tallest girl in any group photo.
Gemma has always been a tall, strong, and robustly healthy looking girl. But she longed to be petite…. like the minuscule, dwarfish popstar Kylie Minogue.
Gemma Atkinson’s Wise and Inspirational Personal Trainer
When Gemma began working with a new personal trainer, her PT asked what she wanted to achieve from her workout regime. Gemma told her PT that she wanted to look like Kylie.
In a moment of impressive honesty that changed Gemma’s life forever, her PT told her that her desire was totally unrealistic and could never become a reality. “This will never happen!” the PT proclaimed, “you have a totally different body-type to Kylie. You need to forget this unrealistic desire and instead commit yourself to becoming the best version of you that you can be!”
The PT’s honesty struck a chord with Gemma. It forced an epiphany on her. And it changed her forever.
From this wonderful moment on Gemma (finally) decided to accept herself and to be proud of who she really is and what she looks like.
Since that fateful day, Gemma has concentrated on being the best version of herself that she can be. Hurray!!
An Inspiring Story Of Body Acceptance
This story is inspiring. Many of us struggle with body acceptance issues. We wish to be something we never can be. And miss out on becoming the best version of ourselves that we can be!
Gemma’s story is extra inspiring because she is a famous sex symbol. It goes to show how widespread, common, and irrational body acceptance issues are.
Body Acceptance Issues Affect Both Sexes
Body acceptance issues plague many women and many men.
Lots of women want to look like fitness models that they have seen on the internet. In reality, even these fitness models do not look like the images of themselves that they post on the internet! Lighting, clever camera angels, photoshopping, and heavy, heavy curation are the absolute norm in this world.
As a male, if you are aspiring to look like The Rock, you are overwhelmingly likely to be fighting a losing battle (unless you are very genetically specific). You are likely to be engaged in a war against your particular hard-wired genetics. And this is a war that you can probably never win.
For a naturally stocky man to become slender and ripped is a huge ask, and probably not worth the grinding, life-depleting effort! For a slender man to become hugely muscular will require him to eat way more calories than is comfortable or healthy. And for what!??
Only You Are Obsessed With Your Body, Nobody Else Cares!!
Even if you do manage to achieve a stupendous body, managing to go through the agony and deprivation necessary to turn yourself into a ‘Superman’ or ‘Superwoman’…. then what??
The truth is, nobody cares much anyway! It’s only you that is hung up on the specifics of your appearance. Nobody is thinking about you even remotely as much as you are thinking about yourself!
So many of us are locked in a painful and anxious fantasy trance, busily obsessing about ourselves and how we appear in the world. But our idea of ourselves is a subjective illusion that the rest of the world is largely oblivious to!
Be The Best Version Of YOU That You Can Be
The world doesn’t need any more Rocks or Kylies. We already have a Rock and a Kylie. What the world needs is YOU. Because there is only one YOU in the Universe. So if you fail to actualize your real self, then your real self will never exist, and the world will miss out.
It’s More Fun to Be Yourself!
Trying to something or someone that you aren’t is exhausting and a highly unpleasant way to live. Being yourself, exploring who and what you really are, is a thrilling adventure!
Never Judge a Book By Its Cover
Gemma Atkinson’s body acceptance issues show us that you must never judge a book by its cover. People are often not what they seem.
That person you see that is in amazing shape and you assume therefore must be happy with their appearance may well be consistently dissatisfied. They may be a naturally athletic girl who longs to be petite because she mistakenly believes that is what she needs to be in order to be attractive. Or they may be a guy with a stocky, muscular frame who believes he will never be attractive until he is slender and ripped.
In the humble opinion of the Good Life Guys (in fact, it is now an official GGLs policy), Gemma Atkinson is steamingly hot. But there is little benefit in having a strength if you don’t realise you have it!
Luckily for Gemma, she now realizes that she has a lot to offer, in terms of physical attractiveness, just the way Mother Nature (and her wise personal trainer) made her.
Gemma Atkinson’s public proclamations on the topic of body acceptance are inspiring.
Good job Gemma… and if you fancy discussing this topic – or any other personal development, philosophy, or psychology topic – on an episode of the Good Life Guys Show/Podcast do not hesitate to drop us a line!