Feel proud of how far you have come
Many roadblocks from day to day can significantly change our exercise routines. At times I’m OK when this happens. But I would be lying to tell you that other times I feel guilty when I miss the hard runs, or the workouts. I miss the endorphins, and the way my body feels afterwards.
So, as I reflected this weekend on the upcoming week, I focused a lot of inward energy on being proud of ME, at THIS exact moment, and acknowledging that a dedicated exercise routine is challenging.
Making healthy eating choices is equally as challenging. I feel this is overlooked sometimes. Today it may seem like everywhere you turn a personal trainer or nutritionist, who often looks fit and trim like someone you may aspire to look like, is encouraging you to eat better or lose weight to get the body that you desire.
But you should know that we all struggle just like the rest of you. Sure I’m educated to know and understand what I need to do in regards to healthier choices. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy for me to make that decision.
I also feel the guilt after having a late night feast, or skipping a workout to get some much needed rest. Even though I know that sometimes I should just enjoy that late night goodness or getting the rest needed. Resting is just as important or more so than getting that workout in.
When we have these thoughts it’s important to quickly turn them around. Just say to yourself, “I can workout or run five miles. I will workout when my body feels like it is ready, and I’ll be that much stronger when I do.”
You can also choose to make healthy decisions the morning after and remind yourself that even the smallest healthy changes, balanced with the unhealthy ones, are what makes our mind and body stronger and healthier.
Every time you consciously make the choice to do something positive for your body, whether it’s adding an extra green vegetable to your meal plan or as big as signing yourself up for Bermuda Day relay, you are making a positive change and strengthening your mind and body.
And most likely you are not giving yourself enough credit. It’s so easy to look at the negative. We all do it. So, I challenge you to stop beating yourself up for running slower than normal, or that ice cream you ate with your child after work.
Instead, be proud that you exercised whether if it was a run or a walk. It all counts. And appreciate the memories that you made with your family while eating that ice cream cone. Don’t dwell on negativity, but remember that without the treats and occasional indulgences, the efforts and fails, there would be no improvement, no pride, and no accomplishment.
So let’s start being proud of ourselves and each other for all the positive changes we make from day to day. Let’s acknowledge our weaknesses and encourage each other as we continue and press on towards better health.
Even on the most challenging days, remember that you are amazing! Be proud of who you are. Be proud of what you do and B-Active For Life!
Betty Doyling is a certified fitness trainer and figure competitor with more than a decade of experience. Look for B. ActiveForLife on Facebook