Have you been one to scroll through Facebook or Instagram or go through Pinterest and pin “goal bodies” to your fitness boards? Do you have pictures of your “goal bodies” saved to your phone, or even printed out? While having motivation and being inspired by others is helpful, it is also important to make sure that you embrace your uniqueness and realize that when stepping into a health and fitness journey, your body will be like yours, and not anyone else’s!
I, myself, am guilty of chasing unrealistic goals. I am highly motivated, a perfectionist, and when I want something, I give it my ALL! This can be a blessing and a curse. When I first started my health and fitness journey, I had pictures of Jamie Eason actually printed out and visible. At the time I carried around a binder with things related to my goals and she was plastered to the front! I was so determined that I was going to look like her that I spent most of my time devaluing myself and my uniqueness! Not to mention, this was unrealistic for me to even think I could come close to that look! I am 5’7″ around 150 pounds, Jamie is around 5″ tall and built way more petite than I am. We are shaped completely different. Over the course of the years I have really “punished” my body trying to reach a level of perfection that does not correlate with what is “healthy” for me, and in doing that I overlooked the important part of health and fitness; celebrating my body for what it is and what it can do for me.
If you are reading this and you can identify with what I described above, I challenge you to reevaluate your goals. Are they realistic? Are they healthy? Are they achievable? Will they truly be fulfilling and line up with what you value most in life if you achieve them?
Beauty and “perfection” are fleeting and vain, however health and longevity will help you get the most out of what life has to offer! Focus on putting good things into your body, taking care of it out of respect for the gift that it is, and appreciate it in all of its uniqueness.