0

Your Cart is Empty

"I'm Not Pregnant. It's Just My Belly." One Woman's Call To Define Your Own Beauty Standard

June 10, 2015 2 min read

Brittany Policastrowas on vacation on the Jersey Shore. She did what most people do on vacation, she gorged on whatever food she wanted and checked out the sites. While waiting for her partner one day in a coffee shop she meets a 40 something man. He tells her she looks great and then asks "when are you due?" It took her a second but she realized that he thought she was pregnant. not pregnant stripped dress This was confusing for Policastro because she has been a yoga instructor for years, eats healthy and has, to use her words, "a metabolism like a racehorse." This is when she realized there was a flaw in her confidence. Her body had always fit a stereotype, garnering external validation from both men and women, and so it was almost entirely based on external factors. She says true confidence comes from the inside out. It is strange in our society that we have come to place so much value on a flat stomach. Flat stomachs are lovely for those who have them but the pressure to attain one can be hell for some women. During a stay in India, Policastro was told to sleep without any elastics constraining around her middle so that her energy could flow. "The energy of this area connects to our sexuality, money, pleasure and our ability to flow. For women, this area is the sacred center where we hold life and yet it seems we have been conditioned to not only cover it up but to suffocate it," she says. Sure makes me question the logic of Spanx in this moment. Policastro believes the key is to be honest with ourselves. We need to validate ourselves. Check in from time to time to see if we agree with the beauty standards society wants us to uphold. So often people will start a fitness journey to 'lose belly fat' but it is important to ask yourself 'why' you are really doing it. If a flat tummy is something you truly want, have at it. But if you have doubts about this external definition of beauty, perhaps you should find a new definition. Speak your truth. Our world tells us how to feel, how to act and how to look. Maybe it is time we start to define that for ourselves. What do you think?  

Leave a comment


Also in BodyRock Store Blog

Image of Bodyrock blog article - What Happens To Your Butt When You Sit All Day?
What Happens To Your Butt When You Sit All Day?

July 14, 2019 3 min read

Do you think your booty looks a little flat? This might be why!
Read More
Image of Bodyrock blog article - 12 Ways To Make Your Belly Flatter By The End Of The Day
12 Ways To Make Your Belly Flatter By The End Of The Day

July 08, 2017 4 min read

Read More
Image of Bodyrock blog article - 7 Ways To Stop Binge Eating In It's Tracks
7 Ways To Stop Binge Eating In It's Tracks

June 22, 2017 2 min read

Do you ever find yourself knuckle-deep in a bag of Cheetos?
Read More

Become a Bodyrocker

Shipping & Delivery
Fast, 2 Day Shipping.
We want you to start your fitness journey with us as quickly as possible, that’s why we send every package to the USA via 2 day expedited shipping with our partners at FEDEX. Once your order is received and processed, it’s just 2 days to get to you once it leaves our warehouse. That’s our commitment and we stand by it.

 

We ship within Canada and the United States via FedEx with expedited 2-Day shipping.

For locations outside of the US and Canada, we ship using FedEx International, which is usually in transit for 5-7 business days, depending on location.

We ship all of our physical products with FedEx, from our warehouse location in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Signatures are required on all orders.

Returns & Exchanges

BodyRock Equipment

We offer a 30-day return policy, as long as: it is not more than 30 days past the date of delivery; and your item is in its original condition and packaging with the original order number. Refunds will be issued when the equipment is received back to the BodyRock warehouse, minus the original cost of shipping, and the customer is responsible for the costs of return shipping. To request a refund on physical product purchases, please contact us.

Digital Products

We cannot issue refunds on digital goods such as e-books or videos, as these are non-tangible goods that are irrevocable once the order is placed.

Clothing

All of the BodyRock clothing is made to order and so is final sale. If you have any questions about sizing prior to placing your order, please contact us.