Breaking Through the Facade
18 Sun, 2010 § 4 Comments
Without those lingering Demons, I feel like I can breathe. The picture is clearer: I can really see my body; that “perfect image” I’ve pursued for so long doesn’t exist, & that’s okay. Now that I’ve let go of harmful, unrealistic expectations that keep me down, I can focus on Strengths & put my energy into making Realistic goals. Rather than stressing over getting to point B [my ideal] the fastest, I enjoy the daily steps that lead toward a healthier life:
- Move Every Day. Have fun & stay excited. Not having fun yet? You just haven’t found it yet; keeping looking. Be adventurous with workouts — I love to challenge myself — & cross-train (for balance & injury prevention).
- Listen to My Body — Love, Value & Nourish it. My body does amazing things for me daily; appreciate every aspect of it & do only good things to & for it.
- Eat Real Food. Primarily eat plant-based foods, in their whole, natural form. Stay away from processed & refined foods with additives. Enjoy what you eat; this is crucial when developing good eating habits. Follow a healthy eating habit not a diet.
- Do Not Compare Other Bodies. I have just spent all this energy accepting my unique, realistic body; I don’t want to blur this image. Every body is different.
- Do Not Stress the Numbers: calorie counting, sizes, the scale, etc. These are not true measurements of health. Embrace the concept of Size “Healthy”.
- Make my Body Good for Something [as Dave likes to phrase it]. “Actual capacity strengthens confidence; a facade is merely physical.” [Mark Twight] When your primary focus is to be strong & fit — to be able to truly use your body — rather than just look good, your entire perspective & body image shift. It’s beautiful.
Obviously, these expectations are specific to my approach, but I’ve tried to add general points that may be motivating to others. I hope it makes you want to love your body & move it! 🙂
Be Realistic with your own Expectations. Include your list in the comments below or on your own blog & link here.