Every once in awhile I have to very intentionally sit down and remind myself to stay strong, keep going, don’t give up… etc. etc. all-the-other-motivating-mantras. One of the ways I do that is by putting photos of myself side-by-side.
And you thought those people who post those on instagram/Facebook were just showing off. Um no. I make those transformation photos just as much for myself as I do to inspire others. It’s like watching a kid grow. One day they are a baby but if you see them every day you don’t see them grow. It’s not noticeable until you look back and then you’re like, “wait, when did this happen?”
That’s what weight loss feels like too. Which is why I dig through the deep recesses of Facebook to find photos of myself at my heaviest. It’s sooooo humbling but at the same time so encouraging to me. So I threw this together today….
So proud of myself! It takes such hard work and commitment and it’s about the little choices all day long that somehow add up to big change. You won’t see it every day. That’s why every day you focus on the BIGGER picture. The reasons WHY you’re doing this… why you want to get healthy, live a life of exuberant, optimal health. You keep that front and center of your mind and then on the days you really need that extra push… that’s when you look back at yourself and get to celebrate the difference.
I am so tough on myself and if one day I know I’ve made unhealthy choices that came from a place of weakness, my temptation is to discredit any and all good choices I made that day. I immediately think I’m the worst. But I’m learning to interrupt that negative thought and replace it with patience and forgiveness.
I am learning to say to myself, “focus on the good. Celebrate the healthy choices you made. Look how far you’ve come.”
Because dang it I’ve worked so hard! I’ve come too far and changed my life so much. I have to stop thinking of myself as the unhealthy, overweight one. I have changed, and the journey isn’t over yet! The best is yet to come.
You Are Enough
Don’t ever forget that okay? You are beautiful and precious and deserve good things — and I can’t tell you that enough! Look I even dedicated a side-bar-box-thing to it. God has a plan and a purpose for your life and He died and rose again because He wants to spend forever with you! Okay, read on. Important reminder over.
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“The glory of God is man fully alive.” St. Irenaeus
These are the 4 basic principles I’ve found myself eating by during this pregnancy. I’m so glad that in the year and half prior to this, I’ve solidified the desire and love of healthy habits – which made these things come naturally to me.
Sometimes I still get nervous to share my before/after photos. I have this idea in my head that people will look at it and only see how overweight I had become. I fear they will judge me. I think of all things they “probably” think about me…
What if you decided to finally lose the weight you’ve been trying to lose because you’re tired of not showing up in your world as your best, most energetic, vibrant self?