I absolutely adore that I am alive during a time when the secrets of Photoshop have been exposed, and there’s a movement propelled by body positivity.
In the past month between holiday treats and parties galore, a new job, going off birth control, and the fact I stopped prioritizing going to the gym…I’ve gained some extra pounds and some muscles have slumped down.
But I love my body no matter what! We must develop healthy relationships with our bodies regardless of what state they’re in, because it’s our home. There’s only one way out, so might as well love it while you have it!
But what made me uncomfortable is that I’ve come to this point by ditching my healthy routine.
So I could remind you to eat vegetables and drink water. I could tell you about different detox diets to get you back on track. I could list off ways to shed the pounds and change your body.
But I think the best advice I could give is this:
Fall In Love with what your Body is Made of.
I love that my hips reflect the vegan doughnut I indulged in during my trip to Austin, Texas, and the peppermint patties me and my sister made together. But if someone were to open me up, I don’t want to be a bunch of dried up tissue because I wasn’t drinking enough water.
I want full soft tissue and powerful muscles that slip and slide over each other easily. I want beautiful blood that runs quickly through my veins. I want strong heart and a quick brain. And eating chocolate every day and skipping the gym will not get me there.
So do not focus on the diet. Do not focus on cutting calories or carbs. Do not focus on what you want to lose.
Focus on how you want to develop your relationship with your body, and give it the best of everything you’ve got.
Fall in love with your body, and what it’s made of.
Happy new year!