A week before my beach vacation, I found myself judging my body. As my life and priorities change, so does my body - and I am learning how to be okay with that. My body used to be stronger and more in shape when my schedule was lighter and even more so when I restricted food. While I was going through this judgement cycle, a friend reached out to me to discuss the same exact issue. She was also preparing for a beach vacation and did not feel good about her body. We exchanged things we were struggling with and both agreed that we were being too hard on ourselves.
Both of us have full-time day jobs and are doing our best to take care of ourselves both mentally and physically. We both try to incorporate physical activity into our week and also try to eat mainly home cooked meals. We are both learning that sometimes life gets in the way and we have to be okay with that. My life looked completely different a year ago and thus, my schedule and priorities are way different. I don't have as much time to dedicate to exercise because I prioritize rest and my coaching business. I enjoy more food out because I live in a city known for its food scene.
Life changes and I need to be okay with how my body changes along with it.
You may have a weekly workout or cooking routine that you try to stick to and absolutely hate straying from it. Trust me, I get it. You want to take care of your physical body as best as possible - and that is a great goal. Sometimes though, you have to take care of your mind and the routine needs to be set aside. The point is, it is okay to miss a workout here and there. It is okay to eat out instead of eating a home cooked meal. It is all okay as long as you are finding joy in whatever you choose to do. Sometimes, I find joy in sticking to my weekly routine. Other times, I find joy in going with the flow.
As you go through life, your schedule and your priorities will change. This might be discomforting for some people because accepting change is not easy and routines can be excuses for staying in our comfort zones. Do not let your routine of working out five times a week and eating a certain way be an excuse to not accept a change that life wants you to make. I honestly do not think I would have up and moved to a completely new place if I was still worried about those things. Yes, I am still accepting my body and how it has changed, but I am glad to be working through this as I experience life in a new place.
I hope that you start to accept your body and life as it changes. Life becomes sweeter when we let go of what we think it should look like and embrace what it actually is.