My current thoughts go like this: I won’t do anything that compromises my mental or physical health for the sake of changing the number on the scale. However, if something’s good for me—drinking more water, cutting back on sweets—that may or may not affect the size of my thighs, it’s fair game. Now, for people who are health-oriented and perhaps haven’t thought of doing things out of desperation to lose a few pounds, this might seem like an obvious, common sense philosophy to adapt. But for those of us who have done things like skipped meals, paid for strange supplements, pushed our bodies through sickness and exhaustion, or have made ourselves throw up after eating too much, that simplicity is perfect.
A Brene Brown quote I absolutely love is "Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change." She talks about speaking our shame and being vulnerable as a way to work through shame, and to that end, I bring you this post about some shame I've been feeling as of late.
So, where do our ideas about what’s enough working out or physical activity come from? Instagram? The people we follow on strava? Books? Blogs? Doctors? Magazines? My hunch is that we don’t often stop and ask if we’re doing enough and to think about how we define that. I know personally, I’ve fallen prey to the more is better mentality at all costs, without thinking about things like how efficient I’m being with my time, how I’m prioritizing all the goals in my life--not just the performance-related ones, and how exercise is fitting into an overall healthy--or not so healthy--lifestyle.
I’ve been dabbling in multisport races for less than 10 but more than 5 years--which feels like a while to me, all of a sudden! I realized that over the years, I’ve come up with some routines that make for a less nervous, more enjoyable start to a race--my "things"--which I thought I’d share with you.
So often we talk about “staying motivated” when it comes to working out. Whether you’re a regular exerciser or someone who’s trying to build a new habit of moving your body, there are going to be days when it feels hard as can be to get yourself going. Over the years, I’ve come up with a few strategies to trick myself into doing a workout--even when my motivation is MIA.
This in between place is not such a bad place to be. When I get over the fact that I don't have certainty around what's next for me, I can take that mission of helping people and I can think of all the ways I can go about it. That way, the possibilities start coming to mind--I could start a podcast. I can keep working on this coaching stuff. I could write a book. I can personal train more. Anything, really, is possible.
The other day, a teacher I'm working with during my placement in phys ed showed me a video which I immediately wanted to share. Rather than picking apart the finer details of the video (which features women and girls of various ages and colours and shapes and sizes playing sports or participating in activities of a wide variety, claiming their power), I just want to share it with you.
Right now, I am in my final school placement of teacher's college. I've been loving my time in a senior girls phys ed class, and have been thinking back to what I might have been thinking if I were in the students' shoes. At 17, I was in the midst of escalating body issues. Given that this week is also Eating Disorder Awareness week, I started to think about what I would say to my 17-year-old self...
There's no denying that January 1st feels like a fresh start. Even though it really is just another day, there's something to be said for capitalizing on the feeling of newness and the blank slate so many of us see at the turn of the year. Some people are discouraged before they start, let down by themselves last year or convinced by the idea that New Year's Resolutioners are doomed to fail. I believe that you can make the most of any day, so why not January 1? Here are some tips for starting January 1st--or any day, for that matter--off with a bang!