Are you waiting to live the life you truly want until you’re skinny enough or fit enough? You are enough as you are in this moment, and you deserve to live your happiest life right now.
Are you waiting to live the life you truly want until you’re skinny enough, fit enough, your abs are flat enough, your thighs no longer touch, or your underarms no longer hang when you lift your arms?
Before I began healing my relationship with food and my body, I was waiting until I lost enough weight to begin living. I never set longterm goals, I never visualized what I wanted my life to look like, I had no direction. And it was because I was so fixated on getting skinny first. I felt like it was the key to my longterm happiness. If I could just get small enough then I would love myself and my life would just fall into place.
That journey allowed me to be here now and do the work that I do, but I can’t help but think about all the years that I wasted waiting for happiness to appear when the scale showed me the right number.
Our bodies will undoubtedly go through changes throughout our lifetime. As we age, have children, experience hormonal changes, go through challenging life events, and more. Most likely, your weight will fluctuate, your muscle definition will change, or you’ll have more or fewer curves. What if you had compassion for yourself at each stage? What if you loved your body through transitions?
After I took a job working in public relations, I began to experience weight gain. I was eating well, moving my body, doing yoga, and practicing self-care, but my work environment was extremely toxic and caused a lot of stress. I also launched my health coaching business, went through yoga teacher training, volunteered with multiple organizations, and taught fitness classes. My full schedule created more overwhelm and stress.
At first, I was really hard on myself for gaining weight. I tried cutting out sugar, changing my workouts, and following meal plans. But nothing worked and I kept gaining weight.
It took me awhile to realize that the only thing that could heal my body was leaving my job but when I finally discovered that stress was causing my weight gain, I began to have more compassion for myself. I couldn’t leave my job right away, so I began practicing more self-care, being easier on myself, and looking for the things that I loved about my body.
When I began to truly love my body, I wasn’t at my thinnest or most fit. When I began to really live my life – set goals, visualize my future, find things that made me really happy – I wasn’t skinny and I didn’t have flat abs.
It was truly freeing. And the beautiful thing was that the happier I became and the more in touch I became with what I wanted, the healthier I became.
You are enough as you are in this moment, and you deserve to live your happiest life right now.
What could you do today to begin living the life you truly want?
My program, Nourish, is all about learning how to love your body as it is right now and discovering how to live your most nourished life.
You’ll discover how to feel more empowered around food, love your body more, stop dieting, make self-care your top priority, move your body in ways that feels good, and so much more!