You've probably have heard this line each and every year. Followed by some sort of 30 day fitness and health challenge, to get you back on track where you should be.
You tell yourself:
"I'll go back to the gym and start fresh"
"I'll lose that 10lbs"
"I'll start eating healthy again"
"I'll be ready to wear that swim suit this year"
Then what happens? Your eagerness and willingness fizzles out by week two, and you're right back where you started. You realize what happen and start to feel bad about yourself. Probably worse than before, as failing at starting your healthy journey ended up like this last year too..
Well that's a shitty start to the year isn't it? It doesn't need to be that way! I'm not going to tell you that fitness can be easy and this blog will tell you the "3 steps to a better you!" But I will tell you one thing you should focus on in 2016.
Simple right? Well, not exactly. You'd be surprised how many people don't really think about this. Can you look at yourself in the mirror and love what you see? The body and the person? Damn...Now that you think of it, it's challenging to convince yourself you're okay.
In the world of fitness and health, appearance is everything. If you don't have a six pack (guys) or thin waist and big boobs (women) you're apparently not good enough to step outside into the world.....
That's strange isn't it?
Many people will start 2016 trying to get back into shape, without realizing that the only reason WHY they are doing it, is to look better for OTHERS, not for themselves. When you continually focus on how you look for OTHERS and not yourself, you end up despising the way you look, because you know you're not perfect yet.
Why should it be that way? Why can't we get in shape and focus on looking better for ourselves? I bet that standard would be much lower compared to what it was before. Can you imagine that? For some, having more energy during the week because of exercise would make them feel a lot better about themselves. Achieving their first strict chin up could probably make them feel like a million bucks! Loosing 5lbs from the holidays will probably make them feel like a celebrity!
All these achievements I just wrote are huge milestones! But, for some reason when you compare yourself to OTHERS you end up thinking these achievements are nothing and you still hate what is starring at you in the mirror.
So, what should you do? Simple. Love yourself! 2016 should be focused on accepting and loving who you are, and how you look! This by itself will give you so much more confidence to bust through January and keep consistent through the year for your fitness and health goals.
The next time you look at yourself in the mirror, rather than criticizing every piece of your body head to toe in the morning, look at one part of your body you like, and compliment yourself.
For myself ,I am proud of my strong and athletic legs, especially my calves. I used to hate the way my calves looked because they are larger in diameter than my biceps! I thought I was a freak! By having these large defined muscle groups in my legs I have great success with single leg strength. So it's not all bad...
Now, be sure to take the time every day to love yourself. Look in the mirror and find that one part of your body you like and compliment yourself!
2016: Love Yourself.