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This post comes from a talk I had with my therapist yesterday. It got me to thinking- when we are unhappy with our bodies or perhaps we like this but want to change this…when does that end? This stemmed from our conversation about the fact that I was happy with some things but wanted to improve on other things (all in regards to my body). He asked me- when does that end?

If my goal is ‘to tone up that area’ or slim it out, how do I know when I reach that place? And then what? Will this need to constantly improve ever end? It’s so subjective, in that we often unfairly judge ourselves and perhaps have a sense of dysmorphia when we look at our bodies in the mirror. So what then, do we base it on measurements or the scales? An objective number to guide us. For me this is a total no-go. My history with the scales is not pretty and as my therapist recalled it is all wrapped up in emotional feelings. Those ‘objective’ measurements would be detrimental to my recovery and my work on getting a healthy mindset.

So we have ourselves in a little predicament. Many of us want to make slight alterations, if not huge changes, to our bodies. But what do we do once we reach that place (even if we are already there and don’t realise) or how do we know?

This is where the therapist handed over to me- What will you do Rebecca? And I, thanks to my rational thinking, came to the conclusion that we must accept our bodies as they are. Flaws and all. Because only then, will we be happy with them. We need to accept our bodies now- even with the extra bit of fat we may have around our bellies, the cellulite we may have on our legs or the stretchmarks we may have on our bottoms. Love it all. Because once you accept your body for what it is, then your body will be able to change. Work with your body and not against it.

This acceptance of your body should begin now, and should remain as your body undergoes changes- whether it be during pregnancy, as we age or as we get leaner. Accept your body in all forms. Don’t strive to change your body, strive to maintain it. Some of you may be reading this thinking- I’ve got 10 kgs to go, so what just give up losing weight? Nope that’s not what I mean. When you accept your body, you love it- so you won’t want to change it, but you can improve what you’ve got. Not totally disregard, or wish for someone elses- but make yours the best it can be.

But before that can all happen we need to accept our bodies.

Do you accept your body? What is one step you can take for body acceptance?

Daily Healthy Thought: I accept my body!!!

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Oh my! It was SO hot today. We were warned it was going to be mid to high 30s, but I forgot how how that really was till now. Even with this hot weather we still managed to get plenty done and do everything we wanted to do.

First I woke up way too early my liking- around 7am. I know it doesn’t sound super early, but when you had to pick someone up at 1am that morning…7am becomes WAY too early. My bedroom is smack bam facing the sun as it rises, so it gets way too bright, way too soon around here. Since it was an absolutely glorious day I decided to take Dotti and Paws for a walk before things really heated up.

 

Even though it was early, it was still definitely hot. Oh and I was feeling pretty good about myself today (Healthy Thoughts, Healthy Actions must be helping in some way!) and decided that one of my fitness goals is to feel confident enough to be able to wear just a crop top and shorts when exercising. (Not a self centred thing, more a self confidence thing!)

However, I’m unsure at this point what it’ll take to get there- whether it means I need to work on my core, tighten up my diet or improve my mind set. My bets on a combination of all three, in a balanced and healthy manner of course 🙂 Oh, Paws and Dotti also wanted to get in on the action- so I took an in motion picture whilst walking them.

 

Ps. Does anyone else hate swooping birds? They scare the living daylights out of me and I’m dreading walking the dogs during Spring- since that’s typically swooping season. I’m so on edge and pretty jumpy haha.

After our walk it was markets time! But not before making my hungry man a quick bacon and egg breakfast. I was keen on some market food so I decided to wait for my brekky. We didn’t buy much but we did grab a few produce items- eggs, pineapple, strawberries and raw honey. Now the bf and I LOVE market food because there’s usually plenty of options that are a bit different from the typical food we eat. Although I really enjoyed the Chandler markets in terms of the general stalls, the food stalls (for purchase to eat then and there- not produce) were a bit of a let down. I didn’t come across anything I wanted for brekky, but the bf did manage to snag a banana smoothie- I had a taste and it was deliciously refreshing.

Stop 1 was out of the way and it was off to the shops to meet mum for some shopping. Don’t worry, none for me. Mum needed something to wear for a wedding she is MCing at, so I became her personal stylist. We managed to find (all me ;)) a beautiful coral, one shoulder, flow-y dress, a gold bracelet and nude wedges. She is going to look absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to see it all together. At the shops I also managed to have a very late breakfast- or was it an early lunch? Or maybe midday snack? Whatever it may be, it was pretty good. I hadn’t eaten yet (silly) and I felt like something fresh and filling. I opted for a 6inch roasted chicken on wheat subway with swiss cheese, carrot, cucumber, capsicum, onion and lettuce.

Whilst at the store we also did the grocery shopping. It was a different store from our normal one, and the bf and I both agree that we will avoid doing groceries there in the future at all costs. Way too crowded, slow and everything was everywhere. After a longer than usual shop we found our way back home and I was starting to get pretty hungry for some lunch (if that’s what you’d call it). But first I wanted to do something with my most anticipated purchase- the pineapple!

Last week at the in-laws they bought fresh pineapple from the markets and it was incredible. I think this one might even be better. I am seriously obsessed with fresh pineapple atm- good bye tin stuff.. you really just don’t measure up. To put it to good use I made the bf some fruit kabobs.

On the skewer went: pineapple, marshmallows, pink lady apple, strawberries (also devine!) and banana.

Since it was that weird weather when it’s almost too hot to eat (I said almost!) and I’ve been all over the joint with my eating today, I was pretty undecided with what to have. The bf suggested a sandwich which sounded pretty good to me.

Two pieces of wholemeal and seeds burgen bread, 3 thin turkey slices, mushrooms, lettuce, grated carrot, cucumber and tomato.

Not too hot and definitely satisfying. Just what I needed.

We’re in chill mode at the moment, and the bf is having a sleep while I blog. I’ve got some prac stuff to prep for tomorrow so I’ll get to work on that. We are planning on hanging out for this rest of the day and maybe even heading to my dads for an afternoon dip. Tonight is up in the air. Either we will be going out to eat (since Date night got cancelled last night waaa) or having leftovers. Either way I’m happy 🙂

DAILY HEALTHY THOUGHT: We can live in harmony with our anxiety.

What’s your daily healthy thought? What is the highlight of your day? What is your current fruit obsession?

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