How often do you compare your body to others? To your friends? To models?
It is easy to get down on yourself and how you look. Maybe you missed a workout. Maybe you ate a cookie you regret. Guess what? We are all human, no one is perfect and we all have our off days.
I recently went through a low time constantly comparing my body; wanting and needing to look like a fitness model or someone other than myself. I found myself saying and thinking negative things about my body like “I’m fat” or “I hate my thighs.” It made me think negatively about working out therefore I lacked motivation to go to the gym and had a lot of off days of eating which in return made me feel worse.
I constantly push my clients in a positive direction when they are losing inspiration and motivation, educating them that it is about progress and keeping a positive mind that will allow them to achieve their goals. It made me think, how can I convince my clients to have a positive mindset and be so negative about myself and my own progress. A switch went off in my head, and I knew something needed to change.
The truth is that I find happiness in working out and living a healthy life. When I go to the gym it is my stress-free zone. I keep my phone off, music loud and the everyday hardships escape my mind. I focus on my goals and take pride in my progress. However, I have learned that this success and physical strength comes only from positive thoughts. When I think positive and strong I can push myself harder and I see myself in a positive light. It has been a challenge but each day I find myself stronger, seeking inspiration & motivation from myself and others and continue to love this lifestyle and feel comfortable in my body.
My advice is to stop stressing over the guilt and the small hiccups that we go through each day. Instead pick yourself up, keep your mind fresh and positive and work hard to achieve your goals and find a happy balance doing what you love. A strong mind is a strong body.
Vanessa Leigh Kurtzman
Fitmark Ambassador 2013