Is body image something that affects you daily? When you look in the mirror is your immediate reaction a positive or negative one? Do you focus on areas you have made progress or do you only see the areas you hate?
That’s why I’m asking if you are body positive.
I’m not embarrassed to say that I am not body positive.
Not always that is.
Many times I get caught up with the parts of my body that don’t seem to show the work I put in. It can get frustrating watching others make progress while prepping for competitions, or making huge strength gains when I’m struggling with various lifts.
In these moments I make the voice in me stop because it is time for perspective.
The reality is this: I enjoy pizza nights, pre-bed chocolate (gasp!), and diet pop. On the other hand, I get my workouts done, my core meals are healthy, and my body is in a healthy state.
So why the negativity?
This is a question I ask myself and you have to ask it as well. Are you really unhappy with your body, or is there something else nagging at you and taking it out on yourself is the only answer?
Maybe you need to back away from social media and focus solely on yourself for a little while. Maybe you need to look in the mirror and point out what you DO like. Or maybe you need to practice acceptance of how far you have come, where you started, and how far you have to go.
Fitness and eating/living a healthy lifestyle is not a one way street. There is no start and end point as it is an endless journey with ups and downs. You make progress, you stall, you make changes, and then more progress.
Celebrate you. Accept your bodies ability to run a certain distance, it’s ability to lift a set amount of weight, and the fact that what is going on INSIDE is far more important than a particular look or number on a scale.
If you are reading this and waiting for me to give you a solution to body image problems, I’m sorry, I don’t have the solution. I simply wanted to bring awareness to the importance of loving and accepting yourself just as you are. You aren’t the same person you were 10 years ago, and 10 years from now you’ll be different as well.
Keep pushing, keep giving all you have, and never let go of your goals even if you lose focus at times. You are awesome!