While I’m the first person to encourage you to continue you on your fit journey, I would also be the last one to prompt you to let it control you. Keep it in perspective. It might be difficult to get used to at first, but you should want to keep living this way because it makes you happy. Read on to learn how to recognize when something isn’t right, so you can make adjustments.
Fitness should be fun. If it’s not fun, then you’re doing it wrong. Have you freshened up your gym routine? There are so many great ways to break a sweat. Do some research or ask a friend *hint hint* No excuses! Moreover, it’s supposed to make you feel good! It may hurt for a little while, leave a bruise, or make it difficult to walk or brush your hair for a few days, but that feeling after is something you can’t get anywhere else.
Fitness is not a chore. It’s a natural way of living and should not add stress. In fact, it’s a stress-relieving lifestyle! Nourishing your body, exercising, and being active most of the day are all meant to make you feel good and happy.
Fitness is 100% a part of my life; however, that doesn’t mean I can’t take a day off from the gym once in a while, eat a treat here and there, or decide to just watch movies all day while painting my nails, and cuddling with my puppies or hubby. It allows me to live a more exciting, fulfilling, meaningful life. Additionally, my fitness level allows me to do just about everything I want. I’m not held back by my inability to keep up. My lungs feel great. My muscles are limber. My heart has stamina.
Fitness is also not a goal weight. That number does not define you nor dictate your worth or beauty. For that matter, it’s not about getting abs or being skinny. You can achieve these things, but what happens when you do? Will living fit not no longer serve you? Well, of course it will, so don’t feel like you need to keep lowering that goal weight or be discouraged when you’re not noticing the aesthetic changes in your body. I can’t stress enough how much more rewarding those inner changes can be.
Fitness is being a healthy, active, life-loving lifestyle. It’s not a destination, it is a journey that never ends. I also impart that it is often a balancing act. Sometimes we get it one way and other times it’s different. Nevertheless, it’s the same path.
Fitness is about loving your body for what it can do while simultaneously for what it looks like. If this is hard for you to do, which is was for me in the beginning, try just appreciating your efforts. Recognize how good it feels to be in your body and it will become easier to love that reflection staring at you.
Fitness is not always what society would deem “skinny and beautiful,” but that’s okay. It’s more than okay. It’s amazing. We get to say whether or not we’re beautiful and that is so powerful.
Fitness is about being the best you that you can be. It’s confidence. It’s sexy! It’s healthy 🙂
You are you. And the you that you are now is the only person who is going to make you who you will be next, so give yourself some credit when you’re feeling low.
As we move into the summer months please keep that in mind. Perhaps you’re not where you want to be at this time of the year, but it’s okay. You’re here now because this is where you need to be and I promise you, if you’re open to the message, you will learn something from this.
Love the moment and live your life without hesitation and with an open heart.