What do you think when you look in the mirror? Do you say: “I look awesome”, “Look at how far I have come”, “I look healthy”, “I am beautiful”? My biggest problem is that when I look in the mirror, I still see me as fat. I see the ripples, dimples and lack of muscle definition. I see someone who gave up on trying to look her best, someone who made choices to continue to be unhealthy. I don’t see the person who has dedicated every day to fitness, who doesn’t have excuses and who is at the gym every single day except Sundays. I don’t see that I have lost 50lbs, have lowered my cholesterol, given myself extra years to live and who looks healthy.
I think one of the biggest hurdles to get over is our thoughts about how we see ourselves. When you are bigger and down on yourself for so long, changing that mind set and opening your eyes to the new you is really hard. The way that I try to push through those thoughts is progress shots. Every time I look at my before and after pic, I am SO proud of how far I have come… and it makes me feel beautiful. I have to remind myself that I still have 20lbs to go and that my body has changed SO much in this process and it will keep changing. I have to remind myself that when I was 20lbs lighter than I am right now, that I wasn’t healthy and being the weight I currently am, I look a hell of a lot better than I did back then.
I am reminded more and more that dedicating your life to fitness and a healthy lifestyle is more about your mind than it is anything else. If you think you can do it, you can. If you think you can reach that goal, you can. If you believe you are beautiful, then you are.
Follow my lead and try every day think positive thoughts about yourself. NOTHING negative. Look in the mirror and say: “I look awesome”, “Look at how far I have come”, “I look healthy”, and “I am beautiful”. Because you are and I am. The results will be amazing!