How Much Do You Truly Love Yourself??? Some Thoughts on Self-Love…
By Monica Millage CSCS – Team Jeremy Scott Fitness
As you read this heading, you may be asking yourself what this question has to do with fitness. I believe that to truthfully explore your answer to this very important question will ultimately determine whether or not you will be successful with your fitness and nutrition goals. So here it goes again, how much do you truly love yourself? Do you love yourself enough to appreciate what you have, create what you love and love what you create? Or are you just essentially going through the motions of life without any awareness or appreciation of how special you really are? Without truly loving yourself first how can you hope to realistically achieve your goals, nothing will ever truly satisfy you.
Ask yourself; do you love yourself enough to make conscious choices to nourish your body with healthy foods? How about to exercise your body and commit to your decisions to make healthy changes? Do you love yourself enough to make time for exercise and to forgive yourself when setbacks occur? Do you love yourself enough to accept your flaws but more importantly believe you are worthy enough to get back on track? Unfortunately, if your answer is no to any of these questions there is very little chance that you will be successful with your fitness and nutrition goals.
For those of you who are struggling with this idea of self-love here are some ways to help cultivate it. First, examine the way you speak to yourself and how you speak about yourself to others. Is everything that comes out of your mouth negative? Your thoughts will be strongly influenced by the words you say and vice versa so make an effort to be more positive. It is much easier to control your words than it is to change your thoughts so make every effort to talk to yourself the same way you would speak to others you care about. Next, set boundaries and don’t be afraid to say “No”.
Examine your own limits and communicate them honestly and directly with others. Become aware enough to recognize what behaviors and people are supporting you and which ones are draining you. Respect yourself enough to let go of those that do not serve you. Finally, accept yourself for who you are even in your vulnerability. Remember that we are all human and we are all flawed. Love yourself enough to trust that there are people who will accept you at both your best and worst.
Remember that self-love just like your fitness is a practice and not a destination. Make it a point to take time everyday to see yourself as the amazing person you are and acknowledge your body for all it does for you.
Love Yourself – Monica Millage CSCS
Team Jeremy Scott Fitness – Scottsdale Personal Trainers