Most people struggle with having a negative body image. There are healthy ways of turning those negative patterns into positive ones.
Media has a huge impact on how we view ourselves and our bodies. We all come across one of the celebrity diets, or a magic detox or pill that helped the, lose 50 pounds in just 3 months without exercising. We spend a lot of money to achieve the same results without understanding what we put our bodies though, but not only our bodies, but our health, physical and mental. We are looking for a quick fix to years, decades of unhealthy habits, whether it is unhealthy eating habits, smoking, drinking, lack of keeping your body active. First thing first, you have to appreciate all that you have. What inspired me in life, is that I saw a video on YouTube about people who don’t have arms, but still are great at running or painting, doing their make-up, etc. Same for people who don’t have legs or missing all of their extremities, but still living a very healthy lifestyle, happy and developing their talents. That made me say to myself that I am a lazy fuck and unappreciative of all that I have! By having a complete, healthy body, not having to deal with some deceases, still finding ways to make up excuses for myself to be lazy. Appreciate your body for how it is and understand that you can do anything with it. Know that you can get your ass up and move it, work out, prep your meals, take a yoga class and work on yourself. Nest things is that we don’t put in the work something requires. For example, once I was prepping for a bikini bodybuilding competition. I looked at all bikini competitors and they all had fantastic, shredded, lean bodies. Without any previous lifting experience, I hoped that in 3 months I will look just like them, someone who’s been in fitness and lifting industry for 5+ years. I was being unrealistic about my goals and was way off in regard to what it takes to get there and what you have to put your body though as well as the mind. We often want to achieve a massive change in a short period of time without putting in work that it requires to get there. Be realistic with yourself, don’t rush the process of getting to where you want to be. And most importantly, stop telling yourself that only when you achieve your goal, only then you will love yourself and accept yourself. Have a dream, have a vision, work for it, but at the same time enjoy yourself, have fun, LIVE your life. So many times, I missed out on parties and going to the beach with friends because my body didn’t look the way I wanted it to look. I had cellulite and stomach rolls, so what? That doesn’t have to stop you from having fun and enjoying and appreciating life. There’s no right or wrong body, you only have one, so learn to take care of it. Stop looking at the media and think that there’s nothing wrong with eating 1000 calories a day and working out twice a day is healthy. This way we abuse our bodies and develop unhealthy relationship with exercising and developing eating disorders, that only prevent us from achieving something long term. Loose skin after losing 50 pounds is normal, stretch marks, also, normal. Wrinkles and saggy boobs is a part of life! We look at the movie stars and wonder how do they look like 25 years old at age of 50? There’s no secret to it, plastic surgeries, injections, but also genetics. Genetic play a huge role and we all have different body structures, so to convince yourself that you can only look beautiful when you have a curvy body type with nice boobs, flat stomach and big butt is ridiculous. There are many body types and they are all beautiful and perfect. Stop creating stereotypes in your head. Write 10 things about yourself that you like and appreciate and read them to yourself every day, and every time you start talking negatively about yourself. Stop comparing yourself to others, and look at yourself as a whole, because there’s a lot more to you than just your body. Focus on creating a healthy balance between your workout routine, nutrition but also remember to enjoy yourself and have fun in life. We only have one and we must do our best with what we have. Stop wasting your precious life worrying and comparing yourself. We are not perfect, never will be, but that doesn’t mean that we are less beautiful. Act into an existence, know what you want and how you want to look, then figure out what would you be doing if you were that person right now? Is it running, doing yoga, training for a marathon? Saturate yourself with that environment where your future you wants to be, people, habits and things that you do, it will help you to get to where you want to get a little faster!