I have always struggled with my legs. We all know that magazines, ads, movies, TV shows etc. promote and place value on some pretty unrealistic “goals.” We have all heard about how media can affect children from a very young age, so I am not even going to go there. But I will tell you that I was no exception.
A while ago you would never have caught me dead in shorts! I lacked all confidence, I measured myself against ridiculous standards, and had a pretty negative body image. I remember complaining to Rob (many times) because I had tried everything. I had done a juice cleanse, I had counted calories, I had tried store bought shakes (*gasp*), I had tried pills and drops (*double gasp*), and even ordered those ridiculous “superfood pills” that promise easy weight loss, all you have to do is gulp back 6 capsules a day (*shakes her head in shame*). I then tried the holistic approach, I was doing yoga, I was trying to be healthy, but NOTHING was working. I was the heaviest I had ever been, I was uncomfortable in my own skin, and to add insult to injury I had to go out to buy new jeans!
I eventually learned that there is no such thing as a “quick fix,” and being healthy is so much more about how we feel, rather than what we look like. Working out and fueling my body correctly has definitely helped me tone up and learn how to treat my body properly. However, the benefits of getting up and getting moving have been far greater than just allowing me to build muscle, it has given me self-confidence, and transformed the way I feel, treat, and think about my body.
It’s not about a number on a scale, that is definitely not the best way to gauge change in one’s body. Taking photos, noticing how your clothes fit, and how your rings feel on your fingers, as well as seeing your energy levels increase and your desire for junk food decrease, these are much better indicators of the positive changes that are taking place in our bodies.
For just over a year I have been focusing on clean and simple nutrition, getting my 30-minute workouts done each day, and reading books that have helped me work towards becoming the best version of myself. The changes have been slow, but steady, and looking back at how far I have come I am so proud of myself for not giving up when I was discouraged, frustrated, or tired.
Sometimes it is these small, personal victories that are the most satisfying.
Anybody else struggle with body image issues? Anybody else hold themselves to unrealistic standards?
Do you want to learn how to love your body, fuel it properly, have more energy, better digestion, fewer cravings, and more self-confidence?
Message me and I’ll help you find something that will work for you, as well as inviting you to be a part of one of our upcoming Challenge Groups. These groups are places where you will get support and motivation, be connected to others doing the same workouts as you, and a place where you can check-in daily, ask questions, and be encouraged and inspired by everyone in the group. A community of people all seeking to better themselves.
Our bodies are capable of so many amazing things, wouldn’t it be so much better to celebrate what they can do, instead of focusing on what they can’t yet do?