How much do you LOVE your body?
So you get out of the shower, you stand in front of the mirror and what do you see? That annoying bit of cellulite that just won’t disappear? Your skinny legs? Your big bum? Your saggy boobs? Your small shoulders? Your pot belly? Your muffin top?
What if, for just one second, we shifted our focus away from our perceived flaws and focused instead on the fact that we’re pretty bloody amazing?!
Social media is RIFE with pictures of cover model perfect males and females with rippling six packs, great boobs, strong legs, wide shoulders and peachy glutes without one dimple of cellulite in sight.
We have more than enough forces in our lives telling us we aren’t good enough, so why are we doing it to ourselves?
Let me tell you something…It’s ok to love yourself.
No, I really mean it.
When we have something we perceive to be a problem we obsess over it. For me it’s always been my jiggly bum! From there we get fixated on a nutrition plan and training schedule, to the extent that yes, we might actually lose fat and transform our bodies…But is this an effective and sustainable means for change?
Let’s not get things twisted. Loving your body is not resignation. Choosing to love your body rather than hate it isn’t giving up on your fitness efforts. In fact, approaching your fitness goals from a foundation of self acceptance is a much more sustainable and less miserable experience.
Next time you stand in front of the mirror pick out the bits of you that you love. Focusing on them isn’t going to make you stop exercising is it? You’re not suddenly going to think “ok great lets have a take away and skip the gym, I have a damn good pair of boobs!”
What this will do however, is:
* Allow you to treat your body with love and respect rather than hatred
* Allow you to approach fitness and nutrition with enthusiasm rather than obsession
* Allow you to consistently improve in a sustainable way
On the flip side, obsessing over your flaws in an effort to change them will:
* Cause you to yo yo diet, rebound, binge and restrict
* Cause you to never feel good enough
* Cause you to hate the fitness process
* Cause you to become obsessed over dieting and exercising
* Make you miserable
Having a focus on the things you want to change about your body may give you the focus you need to do so, but it’s likely you won’t be a happy person whilst on the journey.
Shifting your focus onto what you love about yourself does not mean doughnuts for breakfast every day and skipping the gym. It means you can look in the mirror and instead of thinking, “I’m so gross I NEED to lose my belly fat, you think “how amazing is this body of mine which allows me to train hard and keep fit and active?”
What do you think?
Will you give it a try?