They say the grass is always greener on the other side. We are constantly seeking something else, forgetting to be grateful for what we already have. Even in the fitness space, someone wants to lose weight, someone wants to be more buff, someone wants washboard abs like their idol…the list is endless.
The Dream Dress-Size
But here’s the thing, there is still a large percentage of us who wish to get smaller. We have a dress size in our mind that we want to fit into. “Help! I need to lose weight” is what I am usually asked.
Okay don’t get me wrong, I am sure there are some of us who do feel that their weight is their main concern, but why don’t we concentrate on building strength too, no matter what our dress size? No one has ever asked me “help me get stronger?” or “I want to grow my muscles” I see a lot of people approaching fitness as something that will help them get smaller. It breaks my heart to see this, I won’t lie about it.
Before I start, I’d like to point something out to you- those who need to lose weight, there’s nothing wrong with that. But don’t forget to work towards being fitter and stronger, and not just thinner.
Being obsessed with being smaller leads to an unhealthy relationship between your body and lifestyle. You start to treat food as punishment, your brain as weak and your body as fat. So I am reaching out to you today with one simple request- end this toxic relationship that you have with fitness, and approach it with love and care, respect it and it will respect you.
So…..how do you break up?
Be honest to yourself. Stand in front of the mirror, look at your body, admire your work. Do this, no matter how lame it sounds right now. Your mind will surprise you with the results.
Wear something to feel good, not because you need to make someone else happy. Dress well, dress happy, feel happy.
Stay away from junk food, and that’s half your work done right there. Treat your food as nourishment, enjoy every morsel that you’re consuming. Eat in moderation.
Workout, and train well. But do not exercise just because you need to burn off a cheat meal. This will end up in you treating exercise as punishment, and food as guilt.
Point is- Make conscious decisions to train your mind.
In the End
So here’s the thing folks- you are more than just that number on the weighing scale or size chart. You are a combination of mental strength, emotional maturity and an alive and kicking physical body.
Respect what you have, see how beautiful your entire being is, and make 2019 a year of self-care. Because you totally deserve it!