I recently listened to a pod cast on "Running on OM" about body image among runners in and out of college. Super great pod cast if you ever get a chance to listen. One point she made really stuck out to me. She said " How much mental space would be left free if we didn't judge our personal appearance and that of others... Could we use that extra space for compassion?" I do think that in our society, in the fitness industry especially, we put too much emphasis on personal appearance. This could be what your body looks like, what clothes you wear, how your hair looks, the list goes on. We focus more on what's on the outside than what's on the inside... because it's easier. It's easy to judge a book by it's cover right? You don't have to spend the time picking it up and actually read it, not just a few pages, but the whole thing. Same with people, it's easier to judge what kind of person they are by what they are wearing or by their body shape than to get to know them and really see how cool they are.
Working at a gym puts all of this front and center. I see all types everyday and have been so lucky to become friends with most of them. It's incredible to see people's physical transformations, but even better to see their personality transformations. Whether their body changes on the outside or not, they are healthier, they are more confident, they've made new friends and learned so much about how much they are capable of.
So, to sum up, don't judge others by their appearance... actually, don't judge people at all. Everyone is hard enough on themselves as it is, we don't need others to do it for us. As you are staring at your flaws in the mirror in the morning, stop... tell yourself that you are enough, you're perfect just the way you are. If you want to make a change, then make it as long as it's what you want, not what others say you need. Love yourself and love everyone else.