First of all, I must admit that my face looked pretty similar to this young ladies when I first stumbled across this picture of a woman by the instagram handle @superabs. In all honesty, that's how I look at most well-oiled, ab-bearing, fitness photos. High five to that! But after reading endless comments battling whether or not this is offensive, I stopped and asked myself...Jessica, do you want a 6 pack? To which I responded with a resounding, yes! Then I remembered that I don't live in a world where I can have my cake and eat it too and, frankly, I really like cake. As I was thinking about a 6 pack (and maybe making a mental checklist as to whether I have the ingredients to make cake) I started to consider the reasons why I don't want a 6 pack.
1. I VALUE MY TIME
This isn't to say that someone with a 6 pack doesn't value their time, just that I value mine differently. I know the dedication it takes to obtain one and have personally watched someone go through a transformation for a competition in which she certainly did get a 6 pack....she also cried....and was hungry. I like neither of those.
2. I EAT FOR MORE THAN SUSTENANCE
And I like it. I really, really, enjoy food. Not junk and processed crap, but great meals that aren't always the healthiest. I can't eat like that all the time, but I'd like to enough that I know I can't have both. One of my favorite things to do when I have the time is to bake with the kids or make a delicious new recipe. Or, when I don't have the time, I like to go out to eat without worrying about nutritional info.
3. IT DOESN'T GUARANTEE GOOD HEALTH
Sure, there are a lot of people with 6 packs who are healthy. There are also a lot that are not. I believe in a balanced approach to health that relies significantly on moderation. I work out routinely, I weight train, and I eat healthy most of the time. My routine equates to good health and that's what I'm ultimately after.
4. I'D NEVER WANT TO GET DRESSED
Then I'd weird my kids out, my heating bills would go up, the neighbors would think I'm strange, I'd have a hard time getting my husband to look me in the face.... and, sometimes, I actually need him to listen to me. ;)