We are taught at a young age (intentional or not) that appearance is how you judge yourself and other women. It becomes a nasty habit. Critical thoughts about yourself upon gazing in the mirror. Critical thoughts about other women while out in public or watching television. Out of insecurities created by ridiculous standards, we learn to be harsh towards ourselves and one another.
When I started taking group classes at the Y and then Jazzercise, I met amazing women of all shapes, sizes, and ages. I witnessed true beauty in effort and movement and kindness and humor and just BEING. The combination of seeing this beauty in others and gaining confidence by strengthening and challenging my body helped me let go of some of my insecurities. I still don’t always like what I see in the mirror. But when I think about it, really think about it…the critical thoughts are unwarranted. I don’t deserve them. Neither do you.
You mention your cellulite or batwings or poochy belly or jiggly bum. I see a woman who has a strong body full of potential not only because of physical activity but because of LIFE.
You encourage and inspire me. I want to encourage and inspire you. I want to be your instructor or your trainer but not just because you want to fit into a specific size or see a certain number on the scale…but because your body and your mind and your heart are SO MUCH better for it. Beautifully healthy, strong, confident and able to take on all the wonderful things AND all the mess that life has coming your way.
You are beautiful. Own it.
In my first blog post, I mentioned finding my keys to sticking with exercise. I have also mentioned this on Facebook. It may be a bit corny but it helps illustrate the importance of recognizing and addressing barriers to attaining a healthy exercise habit. Lifestyle, personality, and previous experiences all play a role in finding the right keys.
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