Recently I put on a workout outfit previously reserved for my formerly extreme lean body. This gym outfit was one of my favorites, yet I refused to wear it if I thought I wasn’t lean enough. I would pass it over and think I was not worthy of wearing it. I was saving it for when I thought I had ‘earned the right’ to wear it.
Then yesterday, I thought to my self, eff it!
I put it on and decided to own wearing that outfit, and enjoy it. Besides, I have this little game I play with myself. When I like my gym outfit, I work harder at my lifts.
Being brave enough to wear that little gym outfit signified a new perspective. This is the self that is striving to accept myself at every size…
There is this toxic trend of posting flawless social media pictures. Social media is literally in our pocket 24/7. We can easily loose sight of how all bodies regardless size or shape can be beautiful. Recently, I have chosen to un-follow accounts that primarily post perceived perfect body pictures.
Looking at those pictures, stirs up negative emotions.
Initially I was all about sustaining that ideal unrealistic body too. The biggest lesson I have learned is that an ideal body on social media is someone else’s body, not mine. None of us will ever look like the girl on the screen, because we are not her.
We would do better to do our best at being fit and healthy. Fit and healthy to me, means improving overall well being by focusing on mental fitness, physical fitness and self acceptance.
Let’s take it one step further and celebrate our uniqueness.
Ironically being in the gym working on my body, taught me something unexpected. I found gratification in exercising my mental strength, while working on my physical strength.
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Ps- Ladies physical strength is not equated with size. Becoming stronger has made some of my trouble areas smaller, and other areas perkier.