It has been a busy few weeks over here and my usual workout routine has been put on the back burner. When my weeks are not busy, I like to workout 3-4 times a week and this includes going to a spin class on Saturday morning. Last Saturday and this Saturday, my day is taken up by family visits (yay!). With that being said, I have been missing my usual spin classes and I've mentally had to tell myself that it is okay.
I think it is important to have a workout routine because staying active helps our bodies to stay healthy. It is also easier to make staying active a habit when it naturally becomes part of your daily/weekly routine. However, I think some women take it to the extreme because their main motivation is to get a "beach body". When your goal is to obtain a certain look, it can lead to an unhealthy mentality around exercise.
When I was struggling with my own body image, I felt guilty when I "missed" a workout. If I did not workout at least 5 times a week, I beat myself up for it. I could not bare the thought of missing a leg day or a cardio day because I was so focused on losing inches and defining my muscles. Exercise became a chore and a source of stress and anxiety for me. I used to plan out my entire week to ensure that I could get all my workouts in.
Life was not fun because not only was food controlling my every decision, but now I was also planning my life around exercise. I am a planner by nature but I knew that all this planning was slowly dragging me down.
After about 4 years of this, I finally had my "aha" moment and decided it was time to change. This change did not happen overnight by any means, but I did it. I worked at it every day and had to focus on filling my mind with body positive thoughts instead of the negative ones that I knew for so long.
Being body positive means no more guilt if my week gets too busy and I miss a workout. Being body positive means embracing the moment and learning how to go with the flow. Being body positive means going for what you want and not being afraid of what other people think of you. Being body positive means so much more than feeling good in a bathing suit - it means being who you are unapologetically and actually enjoying this life we've been given.
Now that I am in a better place with my body, I have become an advocate for body love. I know all too well how hard it is to go through life with a negative self image. In my experience, having a negative self image meant missing out on opportunities and not pursuing a life that I actually loved. I'm here to spread my messages of body love and food freedom so that other women can experience a more fulfilling life.
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Have a great week, loves.