Part of this healthier me mission, has been me learning to love myself – as I am, right now.
One of the most helpful things I ever read is…
“You can love your body and try to change it at the same time”
But what does “loving yourself” really mean? Here are my 5 things (I found this online and look at it every day):
- Being able to forgive yourself. So you had a chocolate bar, you hit snooze instead of getting up to do your morning workout, you had too many wines the night before – forgive yourself and move on. Not forgiving yourself is this the harshest criticism, embrace your perfectly flawed self; it’s what makes the world so beautifully diverse and interesting.
- Understand your weight, hair colour, choice of clothing, how your stomach rolls when you slouch, or how you get a double chin when you’re laughing really hard, makes you any less attractive than anyone else. There is no set standard for beauty – and loving yourself means realising your own beauty for what it is and not in the context of how you look compared to anyone else (especially that chick in that magazine you were looking at before)
- That you have the choice to do what you love or continue living a life being submissive to the expectation put on you. Understand what makes your soul happy and continue to do it – as frequently as you can. Regardless of who judges you, or how much money you make, or whether you’re actually that good at it – if your soul is happy, than you keep doing what you’re doing.
- (this is my favourite) Not everyone will love you, and not everyone has to. If you are being true to yourself, and someone has a problem with that, then that is THEIR negative energy to deal with, not yours. You will never have the love, praise and approval of absolutely everybody, but that doesn’t reflect anything about who you are.
- Once you love yourself – you open the world up to love you to. How is anyone else going to know how absolutely awesome you are, if you don’t believe this yourself? Answer – they’re not. The greatest thing about loving yourself means is that once you do, you’re better equipped to let the world love you as well.
SO…what can you do??!! Print this out, stick it on your bathroom mirror and read it. Everyday. Trust me – it works.
I had my first session back at the gym today. And it didn’t go too well as I’m currently couch ridden with an icepack on my back. Fingers crossed it’s not serious.
The Girl Who Lifts.