Sunday, December 29, 2019

Love yourself: a friendly reminder

Trust the process: a collective reminder.

If you had told me a year ago that today I’d be writing a post on fitness and wellness, I probably would have laughed at you. There were so many negative associations to that word in my world: untangling a distorted perception, healing it and recreating it.

Being active comes as a natural desire for some people, but I wasn’t one of them. I grew up in a culture where physical beauty was praised and having a few extra pounds was mockable. With hindsight, I created my own twisted perception of beauty: I thought I had to be a certain size to be beautiful. I also succumbed to thought patterns and behaviors of victimization. I didn’t want to admit I was making excuses. I didn’t recognize that the body requires motion to release energy and prevent it from becoming stagnant or transforming into something psychosomatic. I didn’t know the value and the array of the benefits that working out could offer. I completely overlooked the importance of building discipline, starting with actually being aware of what I was doing. 

Mindfulness: the foundation of it all. 

I realized that the more I focused on the activity I was executing, the better my performance was. I designed a routine that would be exciting for me, something I could look forward to and selected specific songs that made made me feel empowered. I stopped making excuses. I listened to my body. I began noticing a correlation between my mood and the amount of physical activity I did throughout the week. I paid attention to what I put in my body and made more conscientious decisions regarding my diet. I slept better, I felt better throughout the day and experienced less rumination. People started noticing not just the weight loss, but an overall change in the way that I looked. It would feel uncomfortable at first because I was never really at ease receiving compliments in the past. I worked with my relationship to self and reminded myself that these are reasons to celebrate and be proud of myself.

Self-love: the skyrocket. 

How can I take better care of myself?
What steps can I take right now to improve the way that I feel?
What can I do tomorrow that will help me become a better version of myself?
What is an action I can take to enhance my quality of life, physical and mental well-being? 

These are questions I started asking myself and everything led me to one thing: working out. 

And I started feeling better. 

The first thing I began noticing was my increase in energy and how easy it was to move around. Working out gave me something to look forward to where I could have fun by setting challenges. I started feeling more confident as I saw my body become more toned and defined. Now I’m at a point where I have my own personal goals, but it’s not about being a certain size or looking a certain way. It’s about challenging myself, it’s about honoring my body, it’s about respecting it and treating it the best way possible because that’s exactly what it deserves: to be loved, especially and most importantly by me. 

I feel like it is my duty to share this with you because it might inspire you, even though you already know working out is excellent. Perhaps there is something holding you back from going on that walk or run, that hike or that trip to the gym. Perhaps your relationship to self needs some re-visiting. I promise you one thing though, you will feel absolutely better afterwards and the feeling of accomplishment is going to be so rewarding, it will never feel like work. 

With love,

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