|I DARE you not to look at Delta Burke! (image via Wikipedia)|
I am always looking for inspirational quotes to help me along the road to health and fitness. Today I found this great one from (the CRIMINALLY underrated) Delta Burke that I just had to share with all of you...
"All women deserve to feel beautiful, confident, and true to who they are-not to some idealized image that is foisted upon us."
Amen, sister! I seriously worry that we get so hung up on how we are "supposed" to look that we completely neglect how we are supposed to FEEL: beautiful, healthy, strong and powerful-no matter what we look like! When you don't feel beautiful it's so easy to feel that you don't deserve to take care of yourself and your health, and that is simply unacceptable for any women of any age or size.
I always loved Delta Burke and her iconic character, Suzanne Sugarbaker (of Designing Women, in case you've been living under a rock since the Reagan administration) has always been a personal hero of mine. Does anyone else remember how Delta was villified for (gasp!) gaining weight and DARING to appear on national TV in a body the same size as the average American woman? That woman has got to be made of some pretty tough stuff. And have you seen her lately? Yowza, she looks awesome!
One of my favorite scenes from Designing Women was when the ladies went to a fancy spa and were asked about their "personal exercise regimes" by a snooty French(?) aerobics instructor...
It just goes to prove the old saying, "The best exercise is the one you do." God bless you, Ms. Burke!
Wishing you love with extra cheese-