I am a fan of strength training. I love feeling my muscles grow and seeing the results in the mirror. But most of all, I love the feeling of being strong. I can lift weight I never could in the past and I know I am a tough cookie.
Love What You Have
Do not hear this as I was unhappy with myself before. This is not exactly true. It took a long time for me to love myself as I am. Currently 50 pounds overweight and I have learned to love every inch of my body. Including the parts of me that may wiggle and jiggle with joy. I wish I could say I never have a negative thought about my body, but hey, I’m still human.
What’s important is that my positive thoughts far outweigh any negative thoughts I have. And day to day, I work on my mindset so not to get trapped back under that rock. Your mind is a muscle and needs to be worked daily, just like the rest of you to keep it healthy.
What’s great about the place I am in now is I can love myself just as I am, but also strive for improvement. In loving myself, I want to give myself the best nutrition and work those muscles that desperately want the attention. This does not mean that I am dissatisfied, it means I want the best for myself.
Earlier today I was reading some posts by Jessi Kneeland and came across a video she had on her blog. In the video, she stated that it is ok to say “I love myself the way I am, and I am striving to make improvements because I am worthy.” –Jessi Kneeland
Enjoy Moving Forward
Yes, I may be 50 pounds overweight now, but it no longer bothers me. I have learned to love myself as I am, but also know I can strive for more. I am steadily losing weight and gaining muscle, because now I am focusing on my overall well-being instead of that number on the scale.
Fun fact: Exercise releases endorphins!
The more I work out, the more I find I enjoy my workouts. I love the feel-good feeling it gives me and it tends to last through out the day. It increasing my attitude not just for an hour after the exercise, but for most if not the rest of the day.
If you’re in a place where your improvements seem to have stalled, it may be time to reflect on the reasons why. Is it your health? Have you lost focus on yourself? Or maybe your body type is fighting against you. You can learn more about your body type in my post here.
It’s not a sin to love yourself the way you are, but also want to improve upon what you have. It’s called growth. You are worthy to grow and improve yourself.
“I can do all things through him who gives me strength.”-Philippians 4:13