Isn't it funny how much a simple shift in perspective can change our lives?
I've talked to you before about how my goals have shifted over the last few years from focusing on being "skinny" and "toned" to being HEALTHY.
What's funny, though, is that in focusing on my health, I've actually ended up looking (and feeling) my best ever.
Today I'm going to share with you 3 things to keep in mind when it comes to your health and feeling the best you've ever felt.
1. Life is an Olympic event and food will fuel you for your sport.
For me, my specific event is parenting...
And, of course, I'm trying to win the gold medal like everyone else :-)
Your event may be your professional job, being a wife, brother, or daughter, excelling at your favorite hobby...the list goes on and on and is unique for each of us.
Take that event that you want to get the gold in and adjust the decisions you make to get you there faster...
Instead of asking yourself whether or not something is going to make you "fat," ask yourself if the food you are choosing is going to give you the most energy possible to do your event to the best of your ability.
For me, with 2 young children and a full time job, stamina is the name of the game. I stay away from any food that is going to make me feel lethargic because I really cannot slow down at any point during the day.
2. Only exercise by doing activities that you love.
Long gone are the days that I MUST "drag myself to the gym."
Now, I have a list of activities that I absolutely love so that working out, for me, is one of my favorite parts of the day.
Right now, I absolutely love the exercise classes I take at the gym because that is when I get to see my other mommy friends and we get together and talk about whatever it is mommies talk about.
I look forward to it. Actually, I love going, so staying motivated to exercise is not really an issue because I look forward to seeing my friends.
I also love doing the Shapeshifter Yoga program at my home because I can include my boys, I get to relax my mind, and I know that it's helping me from top to bottom, inside and out, get that gold medal in parenting.
So I encourage you to find something you love and stop doing what you think you "have to do."
That just sounds like torture. Find an activity that you're going to look forward to and not want to miss, regardless of motivation.
3. Accept your body for what it is.
I know, I know...
It's easier said than done, but the truth is, we are all unique and comparing ourselves to anyone – be it celebs on T.V. or that skinny friend we all have – it's not healthy and, hands down, just not realistic.
This one really did take me the longest to accomplish...
I'm short, I have thick muscular legs, and my arms just never seem to get that tone in them that I see in other women.
(But I do have really great hair...just thought I'd mention it) :-)
In all seriousness though, at 5 foot nothing, certain clothes are just never going to look on me the way they do on the models in the magazines, and that's something I had to come to grips with because that is my reality.
And that's ok.
The only thing left to do is to accept my body exactly how it is...big calves and all...and focus on all the things I really love about myself.
I have awesome hair (oh, I already mentioned that), I have a great smile, and people are uplifted by my positive spirit. For me, that is more important than the latest pair of popular skinny jeans (maybe one day someone will make skinny jeans for short girls with muscular legs).
Remember that achieving the body of your dreams is really a journey of health. One that is possible for you and possible to maintain long term.
And if you need some help getting there, check out the next page to see what I can do every month to keep you motivated and inspired:
"Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives." - Louise L. Hay