I would not be a woman, heck, I wouldn't be human, if I did not have body image insecurities. My first post about my #intentionadventure, was my attempt to get “in shape” and be healthy. I had made myself a healthy breakfast and started Piyo. I was inspired by my childhood friend who was really getting it all together (Heather you inspire me!) I joined Beach Body, started my Shakeo and was determined to get my act together! Easier said than done. I tried waking up early to get my work out in; that only lasted a couple days. I will give myself credit because I did get through two weeks of Piyo and I was drinking the shakes everyday…but two weeks was as far as I got.
Although at first this may appear to be a failed attempt to get healthy, the initial drive to be healthy is something that has continued to be a priority. I am not perfect, and I could sure use a little more exercise (and a little less Hagaan Daz Chocolate Peanut butter ice-cream) but I am constantly aware of what I am putting into my body. More importantly, I have learned to love myself for who I am.
No, I am not self-absorbed, and by no means do I think I am the most beautiful person around, but by working on what’s on the inside, I have become more accepting of what’s on the outside. Sure there are still times when I wish I could change something about my appearance, but that’s because I am human. I often remind myself that I can’t complain about how I look if I am not taking the time to exercise, or if I constantly poison my body with sugar! So each day I make decisions about what I eat, how far I walk my dog, Oliver, how early I will get up, whether I will drink that whole milk latte at work, or that glass of wine with dinner, or if I will stick to tea and water. This will continue to be an area of opportunity for me, but I know as long as I am aware of my shortcomings I can work towards a healthier me.
“Exercise to be fit, not skinny. Eat to nourish your body. And always ignore the haters, doubters, and unhealthy examples that were once feeding you. You are worth more than you realize.”