Sunday, July 08, 2012
If everybody looked the same, it would be boring. We all have different body types and the places where fat is distributed varies.
The most important thing we must ACHIEVE is ACCEPTING BODY IMAGE. This is an extremely difficult thing to do but it is something we MUST do in order to have fulfillment in our lives.
We must accept that we may NEVER look as good as a supermodel, we don't have the body type to wear certain styles of clothing, etc. What we MUST NEVER accept is that we cannot become extremely healthy or look the best possible for our body types.
It is amazing what we can actually do, how good we can feel. If we push ourselves to test our limits and exceed them, we can come to know just how much we CAN do. We must not "baby" ourselves by thinking that we cannot push ourselves. Our bodies were meant to be challenged and we shouldn't neglect that.
Our inner most light shines when we use will power and inner strength to overcome the struggle of life. Amaze yourself by putting forth the effort when you would rather not and you will be surprised at what you can accomplish.
In 2 years, 2005-2007, I dropped 187 lbs and 75 inches, one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. It was a testament to my physical strength, my mental clarity and inner strength. Had I not done this extreme effort, including 8 hrs a week working out at a gym, I would have never known just what I could accomplish.
The issues I had that led me to be 348 lbs didn't go away and unfortunately I gained back 153 lbs. I came back swinging, in 2 1/2 years I have lost 102 lbs of that and still working hard!
I struggle with body image because even though I have lost so much, I still don't look thin. I have another 51 lbs to lose according to the doctor. I look way better than I did but for some people of society today, I have something wrong with my body.
I have been thin before and I also had many critics. No matter what size you are, somebody will always have a problem with you. That is why it is important to love yourself for your body type and work at being healthy!
Sunday, July 01, 2012
Our bodies and minds are meant to be challenged and to neglect them is to be closed off to challenge yourself in every aspect.
I know so many people that let life get them down and their only "challenge" is to "survive" life. They feel that they should not push themselves mentally or physically because they would be doing more harm than good. In fact the truth is quite the contrary, if we don't have a challenge, we won't ever discover what we are capable of and how well we will truly feel!
I must agree that it is difficult to go beyond our comfort zones and try new things but it is necessary. I am not saying that it is a bad thing to stay in your comfort zone occassionally but it shouldn't be a permanent resting place.
Our bodies are meant to move and our minds are meant to flow freely without limitation. If we restrict our bodies and minds with limitations that we impose, we become ill.
We must not get stuck in the mentality that after a hard day at work or a day caring for our children, we should just rest. We need to eat within limits and we need to exercise. We have to realize when we are "cheating" ourselves out of happiness because of disorderly thinking!
I recently took a challenge that a friend asked me to partake in with my husband, it was a 7 Kilometer Spartan Race with 15 obstacles including jumping fire, running up a mountain in the forest and crawling under bobwire fence in the mud, rocks and tree roots. This is the 1st race I have ever undertaken and it was an extreme challenge for me. The challenge made me question what my routine should be and whether or not I should sign up for any more races.
I was open minded and I definitely like to challenge myself but I am not sure I am want to do anything like that again. I was hyperventilating while I was running and I wanted to quit. That medal and Spartan Shirt waiting for me at the end of the race was a good motivation to complete the course and I did. My husband wants to do a lot more of these races and while I love to challenge myself with him, I am not so sure.....I have a lot of prepration to do myself, mentally, spiritually and emotionally if I do another race.
In my mind, I would like to compete in the great challenge but emotionally and physically I am not so sure! I have come a long way in 2 1/2 years, over 100 lbs lost, more confidence, and I have done a lot of fitness activities to be in good shape. I have completed over 1 year of zumba 1 hr classes several days a week, several 2 hr Zumbathons, 2 years at a gym-personal training sessions, individual workouts designed by trainers including weights and cardio, 3 hr walks, bicylcing, etc. After the race I realized that you really have to train for what you do in the race, running which I have never been good at and crawling in rocks and tree roots.
I have been torn as to what I am going to do with my fitness routines and I have returned to my 1 hr Zumba classes. I have realized that I truly want to stay in Zumba classes because it is my passion. But I still have the desire for a challenge!
Saturday, June 30, 2012
With the myriad of decisions to be made in this life, it is very difficult to make a choice. Once you make a choice, you are opening the door to make more choices. The first choice you make has a consequence leading you to make yet another choice to live the way you want.
The problem with some choices is that the consequences are not reversible and your future choices can be very difficult to rectify the situation you find yourself in.
From a very young age, I developed a coping skill for dealing with stress and the action that I used lead me to a life I haven't enjoyed living. My choices to rectify the situation have led me to a better life but that old coping skill comes back to haunt me and I find myself unhappy with the life I am living again. I must CHOOSE to using the coping skills I learned at the age of 25 to deal with all the things in my life that were not what I chose, just environmental and natural factors.
When I find myself making bad choices, I must make a good choice, no matter how difficult it is to rectify the life I find myself living.
Abnormal eating can be disguised as so many things and telling the difference between what the problem is and what your eating habits are is not clear for someone who copes with problems by eating.
When I find myself feeling emotions I don't know how to deal with, I have a CHOICE as to how I will to rectify my feelings. I am a very emotional, sensitive person and eating has been my coping skill for many years of my life.
At the age of 25, I had to seek professional help because I needed to find a solution to my emotional problems and see the grand picture.
I found the help I so desperately sought and attained valuable skills for life to cope with emotion. A grandiose picture of the events of my life and my reactions were clear. What I had to CHOOSE to do became clear in order to make my life what I wanted it to be. The realization that I had a lot of work to do on myself was a very daunting thought but I am a survivor by character and action.
After 2 years of a Weight Loss Program, 8 hrs a week at the gym, counseling and reiki, the strongest physical me came about but all of the emotional problems still were not healed.
I was left with coping skills and a vision of what I CHOSE to do to attain the life I desired. I have a lot of work to do yet on my emotions and the healing of the occurrences of my life. I work hard at changing me and attaining the life I dream of.
There arises a question, "Why bother to change?" . The answer is very simple, the environment and circumstances you find yourself in are not optimal for the life you want to live. In order to find happiness, you must work hard to mold yourself to be the best you can possibly be!
If you quit on your dreams and your life, you are simply going through the motions of necessity to survive. You deserve more than a basic life in which you accept circumstances that come along.
Weight loss is a CHOICE, not a choice to take lightly either because you have to admit you have a problem and rectify it over a long period of time. Knowing how to lose weight is an exact science but common sense sometimes can go a long way.
You know that certain foods are composed in such a way chemically that you must limit your intake. Portion control really is the key to having a healthy weight. You also know that bodies are meant to move, we cannot sit idle and be capable of doing any activity life presents us.
We must be aware of how much we should eat or drink of a certain food and consistently strive to stick to that.
We must know how to safely and practically partake in physical fitness.
We must negate all excuses to not do what our body and our mind requires.
So many people are not successful in weight loss because they have not changed their mind. In order to physically change, you must contrive in your mind that your eating and your fitness have to change to see results.
To add insult to injury, on top of changing habits, muscle weighs more than fat and retaining water causes weight gain. In your efforts on the fitness front, you see fluctuation on the scale in both direction.
You must be courageous, you must not quit, you must consistently eat portionally and exercise regularly.
I make the CHOICE to eat properly.
I make the CHOICE to exercise.
I make the CHOICE to feel well.
What do you CHOOSE for YOU?
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