I hope you are all having a good start to your week!
It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness week in case you were unaware. Which is why I want to address a certain topic that has been weighing on my brain in the recent weeks…… I’ve had enough of negative self talk, enough of vigorous exercise programs, enough of this new diet and that, simply enough of women not feeling good enough (including myself).
Everytime I log onto Pinterest, Facebook, or any other form of social media there is someone talking about a new workout, a new diet, a new form of motivation to look a certain way… is this really necessary? Does it stress you out too?
I understand we are a country of great health issues surrounding overweight and obesity, but we are also a country obsessed with achieving the unnatural, obsessed with being thin or ridiculously ripped….. it’s all just as unhealthy if you ask me. Which is why we need to let it go. We need to embrace the bodies that God gave us and understand that we are all made different and all we really need to strive for is health and happiness.
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.”- Psalm 139:13
So what does this boil down too, I’ve decided I’m done with the negative self talk, I’m done with the torturing myself to look a certain way, I’m done obsessing over what I eat, and how much I run. I was given one life and one body, why not treat it right :)
My legs are strong and carry me many miles on my runs, that I truly enjoy each day! I want to listen to my body and treat it right! Exercise is a part of that, but that doesn’t mean I need to spend hours in the gym to look a certain way. Let’s be honest, those people you see in magazines that we are all trying to be, they are not REAL! Check out this pinboard if you don’t believe me.
Food is truly meant to be enjoyed and it can be! I like to follow the 80/20 rule of healthy eating 80% of the time and sweets 20% of the time. I find I feel best when I let myself indulge a little each day, whether that be a cupcake, some ice cream, or a piece of chocolate. Just ask the boy, I need my sweets. I find the less I focus on food the more healthy I feel and the happier I am, and the better I eat and enjoy myself. Food is not the enemy, it is nourishment. I love to cook and bake, and nothing means more to me than sharing a meal with someone, why destroy that for myself?
Savor each moment of everyday. Why stress about the small stuff, relax and be yourself. Obsessing over calories and workouts only drain you and turn you into someone your not. Totally not worth it.
If there is one thing that I’ve learned, it’s TRUE beauty comes from within, and from a women at ease and peace with herself.
“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.” – 1 Peter 3:3-4
This past week after making my decision to banish negative self talk I’ve felt worlds less stressed, and much more easy going, relaxed and more myself than I have in weeks. I’ve realized that once I stopped hating my body and negatively “talking” about it I instantly started taking care of it and truly enjoyed working out and preparing healthy meals. It all falls in to place when you let that stress go. I’m not going to lie, it hasn’t been easy and it won’t be, but I’m determined and when I’m determined things happen.
I’ve had ENOUGH. Have you? Anyone want to join me in banishing negative self talk and developing a positive relationship with their body?!
How do you take care of yourself?