It’s not about whether or not you lose those ten lbs or get rid of cellulite or finally attain those flat abs…it’s about loving yourself enough to honor your health, your happiness.
What if you made self-care and love your commitment and your driving motive to eat right and exercise, instead of size 4 jeans, washboard abs or a “perfect” body? If you are motivated by revulsion and disgust with your body, you are on a bullet-train to failure. Self-judgment and poor body image are terrible motivators.
Not very long ago, I went into a full-fledged panic when I put on ten pounds. I felt like a teenager again- insecure, unattractive, scared of being fat, and desperate to lose those pounds. I frantically started dieting and going hungry; something I had not done or needed to do since high school. I was driven by fear and a rigid, unbending view of how my body should look.
After months of dieting “failure” and unnecessary misery, I surrendered. I had let these ten pounds take over my life! It was insanity, and I did not feel like I was “walking the talk” with my business and passion, which is fitness, healthy eating and loving self-care. I went back to feeding my body ANY time it was hungry- with clean, wholesome foods- and I continued to work out. Slowly (and I mean SLOWLY), the extra pounds came off. Not all of them, but most. It was a huge lesson in trusting and accepting my body and a painful reminder of what awful motivators fear and self-criticism are.
The point of this long-winded story: Shift your focus. Stop looking at your belly with disgust or despising your butt. Focus on how good it feels to lovingly take care of yourself with exercise, healthy food and rest. This shift will make all the difference in your results- I guarantee it.
Happy Holidays to all of you, and a big hug to all of my Lift To Lose Students! Each of you bring a unique energy to class and to your training sessions- I am very grateful to be part of your journey to better health.
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