For as long as I can remember I have been conscious of my body and the way she looks.
I remember 12 year old me, looking in the mirror multiple times a day, lifting up my top and sucking in my tummy imagining what I would look like if I was thinner.
High school I tried many different fad diets, I tried starving myself (which definitely didn’t work because mmmm fooood). I tried cutting carbs, hell I even tried a few detoxes. This was in HIGH SCHOOL. I was only a baby. I shouldn’t have been stressing about what my body looked like at such a young age. I certainly don’t want my daughters having the same struggle with loving themselves and their body as what I did.
Fast forward 15 or so years 😉 and I have a few things to say about loving the skin your in. It is something I am crazy passionate about so let’s go.
- Your body, your opinion. Yes, people may comment on the way you look (it may be positive, it may be negative) but this does not define you. Please don’t give weight to someone saying “oh you’ve put on weight” just as you shouldn’t give importance to someone saying ‘you’ve lost weight’. Why? Because your body does not define you as a person. Losing 5kg does not make you a nicer, more wholesome person.
- You are not just a body. You have thoughts and feelings. You have many different talents. You are loved by many regardless of your weight. Try to steer clear from being obsessed about body and try to focus on your mind. It all starts and ends in the mind. Think better thoughts, take better action and you will change your universe.
- Losing 5kg or being a size 8 does not equal happiness. Happiness comes from the journey, from constantly achieving, from the person you become.
- RESTRICTION NEVER WORKS LONG TERM. Stop looking for a quick fix. They rarely work. Roll up those sleeves and don’t be afraid of a little hard work.
- Look for all the things you love about yourself and tell yourself daily to affirm all the good rather than constantly nitpicking on the bad
- If you don’t like something then change it. Remember “if nothing changes, nothing changes”.
- Take accountability for your actions. Accountability is power. Stop playing the victim – everything in your life is your fault (whether good or bad).
I could go on and on but at the end of the day the best project you will work on is yourself. Start prioritizing your mind, body and soul. You will thank yourself
Health & Fitness Coach #ROMFIT