I’ve learned that there are two forms of compliments. The ones that make you feel amazing and the ones that compliment one feature but put down the rest.
As someone who still struggles with body image the second form of compliment is worse than a criticism. It’s the compliments along the lines of: “Even with your size, you have a gorgeous face” or “You’re beautiful for a curvy girl”. Those compliments make me doubt myself most and hurt more than someone calling me a name. It’s as if my beauty is defined by the size I am or the scars I wear. As if my size defines how beautiful I am.
My body has been through starving for days, binging until I am sick, abusing laxatives to lose weight, over exercising, and taking handfuls of pills to “boost my metabolism”. It has recovered from anorexia & bulimia and has then developed orthorexia, to then having a healthy relationship with food.
My body has been through a long journey and has come out victorious. And regardless of any health problem or size, I am beautiful. [ photo by @ampersandhelen ]
At age 25:
1. Not worried about it if it’s not positive. If ppl judge you for using a pole to workout .... who cares ... body results don’t lie #PoleFitness ♀️ 2. Continue to work hard
3. Do what you want to do & stay focused on just that
4. Pay No attention to those above or behind you
5. Stay happy, Stay motivated, Stay Focused
It's been a hot minute since I last shared a transformation photo, but a few days ago I wore this shirt again for the first time in months and was blown away by how loose my compression shirt was!
This shirt, when I first bought it, would be so tight, specially around my arms, that I had to manually adjust it by stretching it and turning it around my arms. Now it fits like a comfy, lounging around t shirt!
The picture on the left was not my heaviest, I was already a few months into my fitness journey. I want to say I was about 205 lbs or so, and the picture on the right was a few days ago, weighing in at 155 lbs.
Progress might seem slow, and a lot of the times it's easy to lose track of our accomplishments, but that's why it's important to have reminders for yourself. In my case, this shirt was a huge reminder and has brought back my motivation 100% .
Day one of my organised Insta! I am striving to make this page personal yet professional:) Today let's talk about TOTAL FITNESS.♀️
Total fitness isn't just about physical activity nor is it just medical. It involves these few things below *Physical fitness *Emotional fitness
*Medical fitness *Social fitness
and *Nutritional fitness.
Basically, all these things are needed for you to be totally fit! Activity, well being of the mind, medically fit, socially interact with people and a well balanced diet which includes nutrition.
This means that - this image is not healthy for you! Those thoughts that you have in your head are really not good for you! I have been there, and days I still get these thoughts, a lot of the time, but it's all about control. We have to take control of our thoughts. We control our life. We control a lot of things, and you can't let those niggling taunting thoughts ruin you!