I saw this when I was looking for something to post in my Challenge Group, and it really hit me at my core. I sometimes tend to do, go, and give a little too much sometimes, which sometimes leaves me too burnt out to really do as much for myself.
So I made a promise, to myself, to hold my OWN well-being sacred. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup, right?
It’s okay to be a giver, just remember to take care of your own well-being first!
I’m just gonna leave this right here….
Truly important to love yourself, flaws and all. It might not come easily, but work at it, tirelessly.
Health is all about the big picture, not a snapshot. This means that, as I have said, one bad day/meal won’t kill you, just like one good day/meal won’t cure you and deem you healthy.
Its about balance. It’s true you need to take it one day at a time, but you need to realize that just because you messed up, doesn’t mean you need to completely throw the towel in.
Life is short. You have to enjoy it. The stress and guilt that comes along with overindulging is far more detrimental to your wellbeing than the actual meal.
As for the balance of exercise… it doesn’t have to be at the gym, or a DVD. Anything active works. Move your body because you want to and because you love your body. Not because you think you should or because you hate your body. Body image is crucial to keeping your missteps at a minimum.
At the end of the day, you have to realize that your body was meant to be nourished and fed. Restricting yourself leads to nothing good. It will not make you happier. Often, restriction leads to a dark place for you and affects your relationship with others. This is why even the most dedicated fitness professionals have cheat meals – eating clean every meal, every day, is REALLY hard to sustain, and where is the fun in that? Make them your exception not your rule, and E N J O Y it.
I say this as someone who is the BIGGEST self critic. It’s just not sustainable to be 100% all day every day. And even if it was, what kind of ride through life is that?!
Nope, the magic is in the balance! 🙂
It’s called SELF-esteem for a reason. You can not look for outside forces to validate you. Sure its great if it happens, but then life is bound to show you that you better be okay with yourself because people can, will and do disappoint you.
Be confident in yourself. You will never be perfect; if you are waiting to be perfect before having confidence and self esteem, you will be waiting a long time!
Life has been busy lately with yard clean up, and projects, and working full time, and continuing to elevate my businesses, and my workout program (done tomorrow!), and the Guns Buns and Ab’s Challenge… I love a busy life, and I love going to bed every night knowing I had a productive day.
But whew….. easy to forget to show yourself some love while you are busy doing anything and everything, huh? I can’t be the only one that falls into this trap?
My husband gifted me a certificate for a massage for Christmas, and I thought it would be great to use after the crazy packing and moving spree we went on… I never did get around to it and then I jumped into Hammer & Chisel, and it didn’t make sense to get it done then, so I told myself my reward for finishing Hammer & Chisel would be a nice massage – after all, my muscles need it now more than ever!
I find this to be so true – we need to give ourselves more credit, and we need to feel our worth to truly feel good about anything else! You work hard – don’t forget to give yourself much-deserved credit!
Enjoy your Saturday!
I see this a lot on my social media, and in my groups. People who are unhappy with their looks, their body… they look in the mirror and start picking out the flaws… that is no way to live.
I don’t think I am anything to write home about, but this is my body, this is my face, and so this is what I am working with!
Make peace with the mirror, and watch the reflection change.
Ugh…. I wish this wasn’t so true, but it is. We live in a society that is constantly trying to one-up, take away from our achievements, and minimize our successes. It’s maddening (and I say this often!)
It boggles my mind that somewhere along the line, we were conditioned to believe that our successes negate anyone elses. That somehow, us being better takes away from how great they are. It doesn’t work that way. If more people in the world were more content to just achieve their own goals, and make their own greatness, instead of minimizing other people’s, the world would be an i n f i n i t e l y better place. I am positive of it.
I feel more and more grateful every day that I was raised to celebrate others and their achievements. I will be the first to offer a high five, and a “way to go!”. In fact, I do use other people’s success to drive my own inspiration, but not so I can beat them or be better than them. But so I can better MYSELF.
I know a little healthy competition never hurt anyone, and don’t get me wrong, I can be very competitive, but there is a big difference between friendly competition, and outright devaluing someone’s hard work.
Don’t be one of those people who feel they can only get to the top on the backs of others! Love yourself, and be proud of yourself. Keep striving for greater things. The sky is the limit, and even that’s negotiable! 🙂
Well that sums it up pretty nicely, wouldn’t you say? 🙂