Please note the title does not say My Body Is Perfect. I don’t think that at all. But you know what? My body isn’t airbrushed. Anyone can have the perfect airbrushed body. 😉 Sure, there are still things that bother me about my body: my butt, my hips, my boobs (really, lack there of) just to name a few. But they don’t bother me the way they used to.
Blogging affected me more than I expected. I know it sounds cheesy but it really has changed my perspective on body image, exercise, weight and eating habits for the better.
I have learned to love my body more. It is an amazing machine and I appreciate that it works well and that it is healthy. Tina wrote “I’d rather look like I work for my body than starve for it.” That really struck me. I do work for my body and I work to enjoy the things in life. I’ve also learned to stop comparing. My body is not like anyone else’s and that’s ok!
I’ve learned that variety is crucial for me to stay active and enjoy exercise. Being on the treadmill for an hour isn’t any more effective than bouncing around to different cardio machines for 15 minutes a piece. Working out 30-45 minutes a day is probably a better habit than trying to get in 2 hours once or twice a week. Sure, some days I have to give myself a pep talk to get moving. On those days, I know in the back of my mind that regular exercise makes me feel good.
I feel like I’ve found a happy place with exercise, allowing variety and easy days. As laid back of a person that I am, I realized I am really hard on myself. And I’m totally ADD. If I want to take Hunter for a walk, I do. If I decide at midnight I feel like doing yoga, I do and call it a day. I actually enjoy choosing the variety in my exercise regimen. It’s hard getting back into a regular habit but when I make it easier to start the habit, then I can build from there.
I eat what I want. I’ve never been they type to restrict myself or to follow a food plan. Lucky for me, making healthy choices was instilled in me as a young kid thanks to my mom who taught us to eat healthy. Through that, I was able to learn that sweets and junk food were treats and were not eaten every day. Sometimes I still eat too much sugar and sometimes not enough vegetables. But just because I ate sugar all afternoon doesn’t mean my day is “lost”. I can still cook myself a balanced and healthy dinner and life can go on.
What has blogging changed your attitude about?