When you’re going through a the fitness journey of either losing body fat or putting on muscle to shape your body differently the transitional periods can suck. You’re clothes are too small or too big, you don’t feel like you look your best but you know you are making changes. You might get down on yourself if you skip the gym, miss your yoga class, eat whatever the hell you want for the day or just get frustrated at this slow ass process just to get to that end goal. Just because you aren’t where you want to be it doesn’t mean you can’t love your body throughout the journey. Here are four things to keep in mind to still love your body at every phase.
Girl, you’ve been kicking your own ass in the gym, making awesome nutritional choices and good for you! However, it is extremely easy to get caught up in the process so treat yourself to some feel goods and I’m not talking about food. Not all the feel good treats need to be food related; take yourself to a spa, get your hair done, get a pedicure or how about a massage? You can even take yourself to the movies or pack up your food, bring a good book and a blanket and sit outside in the beautiful weather. You will be surprised how good you can feel when you stop worrying about what your body looks like and start doing things that feel good to your body!
Yes, I said it – Flirt! I don’t care if you are single or in a relationship, but for Christ’s sake flirt with another human being (or the one you sleep with every night). Flirting doesn’t have to be overtly sexual or even with intentions on dating them. Flirting can be fun as hell and give you an extra boost of confidence. You have to admit – if feels pretty damn good to flirt with someone and walk away knowing they are staring at your hard-earned ass. So get out there and show the other humans of the world how amazing you are by being that sexy, confident you’ve person become since transforming your life.
Admire your gains.
It is so easy to focus on what you need to change and what you don’t like but how about you take a second to admire your damn gains! Appreciate those new curves you’ve built or the tighter waistline you created. Sure, it may not be your goal physique but it sure as hell much different then it was when you first started. It also wouldn’t hurt to give yourself some kudos to all the great life style changes you’ve made. So sure, you screwed up on your diet but when was the last time indulged in some sweets and stay consistent with your gym attendance? Give yourself a break and start lovin’ on those gains!
Fall in love with the process.
Creating discipline, changing your habits and making the gym a nonnegotiable part of your day can be difficult and exhausting. Not everyday feels the best and some days you just want to be lazy AF. Shit, some days you need to be that and there is nothing wrong with it. But you have to be in love with the process you are in to love the body you have. Loving the process creates the positive space in your head which allows you to love your body at every phase. Feeling the blood rushing through your muscles and your heart racing after one hell of an accomplishing work out can leave you on a body high for days. If you are using diet and exercise as a form a punishment then you have more work ahead of you then any post can give you, but if you can find your enjoyment in your new routine then you will begin to appreciate your body on a much bigger scale then ever imaged.
Fitness is not just a one stop trip and you’ll go through phases of wanting to lean out your body, add muscle, shape your booty, add more definition to your arms and so forth. Changing your physique at any stage is a process and the process isn’t always that glamorous, however you can always find time to love the body you have at every phase of your fitness journey!
What do you do to love your body?