I often work with clients who want to change themselves. I help people lose weight, get stronger, eat better. All great things! But it is also important to keep in mind that the real value should not be placed on physical appearance. A number on the scale is not going to buy you happiness, BUT taking care of yourself through diet and exercise might. That’s why I put the “mind” in Mind Body Fitness. It’s about committing your whole self to a healthy lifestyle because you value YOU. Show yourself some love and appreciation, and that’s when the real changes start to happen. You are worth all the hard work!
Here are some ways self-appreciation can help you maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle:
Try taking out negative self-talk. We all hear that little voice in our heads during difficult moments. Let’s say you are trying on jeans and you hear, “I hate my muffin top!” Or you are in the middle of a run and you hear, “This is too hard. I think I’ll just walk.” Replace those negative thoughts with positive ones. Every cloud has a silver lining. For instance when trying on jeans, “Maybe they are snug, but I finally fit into a size 6 again!” or “This run is really hard, but just think about how many calories I must be burning!” In time your brain will reprogram and automatically drift toward the positive in any situation.
Try not to compare your unique body to anyone else. We are all different, and being aware of that simple fact can save you a lot of heartache and frustration. I know I am guilty of it at times. I see a woman on the street whose thighs don’t touch when she walks, and for a moment I wish I had those thighs! But alas, I inherited Irish legs and no matter how fit I am they will ALWAYS touch. I would have to completely starve myself to acquire non-touching thighs. Hell no! Live in your body with pride, and create realistic goals based on your body type.
Make a Gratitude List
Concentrating on the good things will only bring more good things. Make a list of what you are thankful for. It can include aspects of your life, your personality, and your body. Here is my short list – my family, my will power, my talent for cooking, my teeth (I have never had a cavity!). Looking at the list on paper will give you a huge confidence boost. A fitness goal can seem much easier to tackle if you look at all the other things you have accomplished in your life.
I hope this brings a new perspective to those of you who are on a fitness journey. Here’s to keeping the “mind” in Mind Body Fitness!