Accept Your Body While Owning Your Movement Practice
By: Jenna Davidson
Is it possible to have a positive body image but want to lose weight at the same time?
Can you feel good about how you move your body and still aim for more?
What does it mean to accept your body while owning your movement practice?
Here are some ways to do just that:
ASK YOURSELF WHY
This may be the motherload of all self-reflecting questions. “Why do I want to lose weight?” “Why is being more thin important to me?” “Will I be truly happy if I drop fat?” It’s okay if you don’t know the answer to any of these questions, but start searching now. There’s no wrong answer. Longevity, looking good naked, being able to play with your kids and being strong are just a few examples.
Train toward something specific. It’s easier to be happy with your body if you’re learning. Practice for an event, marathon or certification. Try new movements so you feel both mentally and physically satisfied.
Your thoughts and body are connected. All of your cells pick up on stress when saying hateful things to yourself. Replace “I hate my body” with “I love my body because it’s mine” or “I love my body because it’s the only one I have” and “I’m broken” with “I’m healing”. See what happens when you’re nice to yourself.
Get into the habit of tracking anything. Food, water, workouts, daily stress levels or sleep. Writing stuff down, and this part is key, looking back at where you’ve been leads to more positive self talk and gives you something to analyze. Gold stars for drinking 20 ounces of more water than last week, increasing your squat weight or limiting foods that make you feel poorly.
“Don’t compare your beginnings to someone else’s middle.” – Tim Hiller, ‘Strive: Life is Short, Pursue What Matters’. It’s really difficult to look at fitness models or even local people who seem to have everything together in regards to fitness and nutrition. But where have they been? What work did it take to get where they are today? Keep the focus on yourself and your journey.
Make sure to take objective measurements every step of the way. Tips for accurate readings are: Use a reliable scale (preferably one that calculates weight, body fat, water and muscle mass), weigh yourself first thing in the morning (no food or drink and urinate beforehand), hydrate well in the days prior and be gentle with yourself (see tip number 2). If you like what you see, keep doing what you’re doing. If not, see what you can adjust right now or talk to a professional for help.
Make friends with like-minded people. The chances of you doing something healthy and good for yourself skyrocket if you have someone to do that with. Support others and receive it in return.
It’s okay to want to lose weight. It’s okay to to love yourself and want to lose weight. Wherever you’re at, remember to be honest with yourself, ask for help when you need it and always have compassion.
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