With a family that has always been health conscious and being kept extremely active by playing four different sports, I was an overall healthy kiddo. My body type was always more athletic(ish), but this was always hard for me to accept growing up since I had the skewed idea that the ideal body should look more like the slender model on the cover of a Seventeen magazine. I only truly cared about how I looked like on the outside, instead of focusing on taking care of the inside.
It wasn’t until the summer before my freshmen year in college that my perspective of my body began to evolve. I started practicing yoga at Corepower as a way to workout because I was terrified that I would soon be gaining the Freshmen 15!! The more I did yoga, the more it opened a world of self-love, and made me realize how toxic of a world we live in that demands us to look a certain way instead of embracing how God created us. Through the journey yoga took me on, I began to change my perspective and motives behind taking care of my body. My goal shifted from trying to look a certain way, to focus on nourishing my mind, body, and spirit. I now work out because I am grateful that I physically can and want to be the best version of me. Since I was now working out to be stronger and overall healthier, I had to recognize the importance of what I eat in order to properly fuel my body. Being in my twenty’s now and being blessed with a mother that sets an example for the importance of health, I found a passion for researching and studying what will benefit my body the most. When I started eating cleaner, I was able to eat WAY more and my energy and overall health improved drastically.
My whole point of writing this post is to be a reminder that no “body” is perfect and that is OKAY. A women’s body should be appreciated and life is way too short to spend at battle with yourself over the one body that you were given. From my experience of finding self-confidence, love, and health, I have realized that it is about putting your health as a priority. You do not have to eat green smoothies and workout every single day of the week, but it is about a balance. A balance that is rooted in “you are doing this because you love your body, not because you hate it”. Also DISCLAIMER: I do NOT know everything about health and nutrition, but I am constantly absorbing what has and hasn’t worked for my body. With so many different opinions on “health” out there, it’s important to realize how different each person is and how some things might not work for all of us. What is important is the effort and the process of self-discovery!
It is never too early or too late to work towards being the healthiest version of you! Follow along for more post to come about some of the tips and tricks that I have learned that have helped me to transform my mind, body, and spirit! 🙂