Alright, worldly readers: You must take some pictures of yourself to monitor your progress on fitness goals. Why? Because they tell you where you really are right now.
Grab someone to take a load of pictures of you working out. These images are like a mirror in motion and the purpose is not perfection.
Your fitness selfies should tell you:
You work out all the time but you are still not seeing the changes in your body that you want to see. Being physically fit is not just about working out the body, it is also about working out the mind. You can work out every day but if you keep filling your brain with negative self talk you are fefeating all the hard woek that your body is doing.
There are events in our lives that shape us. We might not know it at the moment they're happening, but with time and reflection, we can feel and see the impact they have left. I had the opportunity to reflect on one such event recently.
So it's spring. Sure doesn't feel like it. Soon, though, the weather will warm and we will be wearing shorts and tank tops. Oh no, you say?!?!? Body image is a huge factor in today's world. I hear all the time about arms that sag. Boobs that sag. Butts that sag. To gain back the youthful appearance to your bodies, you can take chemicals to combat age, or you can build muscle mass that helps you produce hormones to counteract aging. I opt for building muscle mass. There's nothing like a lift you get from firm muscles.
So I was in the gym this morning, all pumped up because it’s Monday and the week is starting off right. Here I am, already done teaching Spinning class, moving on to my own workout, kicking butt. Feeling great, woohoo! And I look up into the mirror at myself and I thought, “Wow, I look great today! I look and feel pretty, and man, my shoulders look awesome! And I look strong!” And you know what? I didn’t feel guilty or wrong or anything about admitting to myself that I am beautiful!