This morning as I as getting around for the day I was flipping through Facebook and saw a post for a video that someone had shared. I don't always click on videos, but for some reason today I did. It was a man speaking affirmations over women. As I was first listening to it, I thought "Ok, that's nice...." However, as it went on, the speech became more powerful. I sat down and *really* listend to the words he was saying.
At one point, he said "You are more than the number on the scale" and I had to laugh a little since I had just stepped off the scale and saw a half-pound gain (even after tracking my food on the myfitnesspal app!) Honestly, I wasn't too upset about the half-pound (told myself that I needed to look through my journal and see if I was taking too much sodium) but that was good timing. Then, the man talked about how we need to stop comparing ourselves to women in magazines/etc. Yep... Guilty... I look through a lot of fitness magazines/blogs/Facebook pages and see these women who have no cellulite, excellent muscle tone, etc and think "That's my goal!" In my head I know that many of the pictures have been airbrushed, but there is still that part of me that thinks "I want to look like that." We all see flaws when we look at ourselves (and often we are far more critical than others are of ourselves!) But, does an extra five pounds of weight mean that I am a failure? I try to convince myself that it doesn't... Do I want my boys to look back and remember all of the times that we went out for ice cream and I just got ice water? No! I want to embrace each moment, enjoy my time here on earth, and create beautiful memories with my family. Does this mean that I should stop working out and eat whatever I want? No! I still need to do my workouts (they make me feel good, and keep me healthy) and I need to make the best food decisions I can. But I also need to realize that an occasional treat does not make me a failure. It does not show that I am weak, it shows that I am HUMAN! A woman who does her best with what she has!
The man on the video said we need to look to the women of the Bible, that THEY were the ones to change the world. Such a powerful reminder to stop looking at the "fitness stars" (or even people that we know in real life who we think have it all together- chances are they probably don't!) Each day when I think that someone else has it better than me, or when I start to feel bad about myself, I will stop and ask, "God, what do you like about me? How do you see me? Who do you think I am?" Then I will sit still and listen for His soft answer... That I am His daughter, His creation, a help-meet to my husband, a role model to my kids, an encourager to others around me, caring, kind, beautiful, smart, *blessed*.... Try it right now...my close your eyes and ask God those same questions, what is He saying to you right now? Feel free to share in the comments below, I think that it is wonderful affirmation when we share what God is doing in our lives!
Here is the video link for anyone who would like to see it: youtu.be/uWi5iXnguTU