Today I’m so excited to share a guest post from Bri from TheHappyHurricane.com. Bri is a fitness fanatic and loves to share her expertise on her blog. Her website focuses on fitness but also has tons of healthy recipes, wellness tips, and even some fun travel posts. In her fitness posts she shares her wealth of experience, offering amazing advice and workout reviews. She also has some wonderful motivational posts which have really resonated with me. This post in particular really pinpoints what I think a lot of us don’t realize or discover too late. Bri’s insights about self acceptance and the road to a healthy lifestyle can benefit us all. Enjoy!
This One Thing Is Stopping You from Living a Healthy Lifestyle…
by Briana Telford from TheHappyHurricane.com
Are you trying SUPER hard to get fit, but just can’t seem to commit to your gym sessions? Are you going to the gym for a few days and giving up on yourself due to lack of results? Well, I’m going to tell you the one secret to finally achieving your dream body.
This probably isn’t the answer you want. You thought I was going to push some slimming body wraps on you or try to sell you some kind of fitness tea? Excuse my French but HEEEEELL NO. I’m not about those lies.
Here’s the deal: Your relationship with your body is the most IMPORTANT part of your journey to a healthy lifestyle. Your motivations for your lifestyle need to come from a place of self love, not self hate. No matter what you look like, if you do not love your body and accept it for what it is right now, you will NEVER love it and accept it. It’s not like your reflection changes slightly and suddenly your inner voice says ‘Oh now you can love yourself because you finally lost that pooch’. If you are shaming your body right now, you will shame your body in the future. That negative voice feeds on itself and will only get more powerful over time.
So how do you get your dream body? Accept your body right now for what it is. No matter where you are in your journey, the body you are in now is the body you will be in forever. It’s not going to become a new body when you lose 5 pounds. It will still be the same body. So love it to the moon.
Once you accept your body, your journey to a healthier lifestyle can come from a place of love. You can say ‘I’m going to the gym because it makes me feel strong and gives me confidence’ rather than ‘I’m going to the gym because I need to punish myself for eating badly this weekend’.
Then going to the gym becomes easier because it is a reward for your body, not a punishment.
Then it becomes a habit because it makes you feel so good.
Then it becomes a lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle.