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There was a time when I was at a really low weight that was harming my health. I had overtrained and dieted for years and it had caught up with me. At the same time, I began to notice that I had to work harder and harder to “stay thin”. I was trapped in a diet and exercise prison and my body was breaking down. I decided to make a change and focus on self care instead of what the scale reads or what size clothes I own.
Part of my new “self care” plan was to allow myself to gain weight and accept my natural body type. It turns out I’m naturally curvy and much healthier with additional pounds on my body.
If you are someone that has tried every diet under the sun and nothing has worked, I want you to know that you did not fail. Dieting failed you. Science continues to prove that dieting does not work, and it can do you more harm than good.
Instead of blaming yourself, feeling guilty, or searching for yet another diet, I recommend doing something completely different.
Quit dieting for good. Make peace with your body. Switch your focus to taking care of yourself and enjoying your life. Life is too short to waste it on restrictive dieting that doesn’t work and can harm your health.
Making peace with your body may be one of the most challenging and liberating things you will ever do for yourself. It rarely happens overnight, and it is an ongoing process. However, the more you focus on self care and less on what the diet industry sells, the more comfortable in your own skin you will become. I promise.
A healthy lifestyle is a total package that has very little to do with what a scale reports. Healthy living includes things like having healthy relationships, working with purpose, exercising or participating in physical activity you enjoy, having enough energy, eating well and dining with the ones you love, having fun, loving yourself and the people around you, eliminating unnecessary stress, getting good rest, drinking lots of water, getting good check ups at the doctor’s office, growing spiritually and emotionally, and having self-confidence in who you were designed to be.
Here’s to making peace with your body and no longer allowing the fitness and diet industry’s narrow definition of what “healthy” looks like to control our lives and emotions!
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There was a time when I used to burn the candle at both ends and it was exhausting. From the outside I looked like a go-getter, but on the inside I was falling apart. I had hit the wall emotionally, mentally, and physically. I had focused on taking care of everyone except myself. Out of necessity, I decided to start taking better care of myself and that’s when I decided to focus on total health, wellness, and self care.
After spending some time researching the term “self care”, I’ve figured out that there are different opinions and theories as to what self care is and it’s going to be personal and different for everyone. In general, self-care is any activity that you deliberately do to contribute to your mental, emotional, and physical health in a positive way. While that may sound simple, self care is something that is often ignored because the only one you are accountable to is yourself, and it’s easy to break dates with ourselves.
When it comes to self care, or doing things for yourself, one of the top reasons people report putting themselves on the back burner is a feeling of guilt. Focusing time and attention on yourself is too often considered selfish. Unfortunately, while it might seem noble or even necessary to sacrifice taking care of your mind, body, and spirit, over time it’s a recipe for burnout.
Taking time to take care of your mind and body is good for you and it’s certainly not selfish. In fact, research is showing us that the pursuit of health and happiness is far from selfish. When we practice self care, we’re likely to see an improvement in many areas of our lives, including our physical health and wellness, our relationships, and even our income. Plus, by making the choice to take good care of ourselves, we open up our capacity to care for others which helps contribute positively to the world around us. It’s much easier to give to others when you feel well taken care of. Self care is not a luxury it’s a necessity.
Because self care is so personal, I encourage you to make a list of your own ideas that you can pull from weekly or even daily. For example, some people might list “go to the gym” as self care while others would prefer a “stroll on a beach.” Self care should not have stress attached to it. The whole point of self care is that you look forward to whatever you choose, it recharges you, and it lowers stress.
Here’s to taking care of yourself and living a long and happy life!
Shared with love,