Whatever you choose to do for your health this year, do so because you love your body, not because you hate it.
We are our worst critic. We are the ones immediately pointing out when we could have done something better or eaten something healthier. That is an exhausting dialog to continue!
I believe we improve our health best when we respect our bodies. No matter what size you are. Truly.
Please take time and watch this TED Talk featuring Kelli Jean Drinkwater – Enough with the fear of fat.
In this video, she talks about how the cultural fear of fat has made us stressed, anxious, and abusive to ourselves and others. It is also a primary marketing tool some fitness industries exploit so you buy their latest product, supplement, or program. You aren’t alone, and you don’t need to be a certain size to be healthy, loved, and supported.
Make 2017 bad-assier.
I’ve taken highlights from the 10,000 self-help books I’ve read, Star Wars, and my mom and come up with a plan for 2017.
1) Catch yourself (before you wreck yourself) When you say something negative about yourself, or about another person, STOP IT! Don’t contribute to the negativity.
2) Authenticity – Just be yourself. Sometimes I get the question “what do you eat? I’ll just eat that and then look like you!” Sorry friends, that’s not how that works. Instead of trying to look like somebody else, be your true self. I know, that sounds woo-woo. But if we ground ourselves in our truth, we will shine so much brighter.
3) Redirect. Change whatever you said or thought into something positive. So if you are staring at your tummy, shaming your weight, try saying “I love my body, I respect my body.” You wouldn’t talk to your best friend the way you talk to yourself would you?
4) Impeccable words. We know that words can lift us and words can crush us. Choose wisely. Not only in what you say to others, but what you say to yourself.
5) Make mistakes! We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to eat the right foods, do the best exercises, have the right job. But I believe there are multiple paths to your happiness and they starts with prototypes! Use your journey to weed out what doesn’t work. Every time you start a program or idea and it doesn’t work, celebrate! Learn from what works and what doesn’t!
6) Enjoy! Life is precious. Smile more, dance more, and give yourself a break! Tell that critic voice thank you but you aren’t interested today. Be kind and find programs, gyms, and other people that will help you be the best human you can be!
Be well and be awesome, to yourself and to others.