"Health & Fitness" Is NOT A Number On The Bathroom Scales
Health and Fitness is NOT a number on your bathroom scales! It is a balance between ALL aspects of your wellbeing and your ability to engage in a meaningful, productive and enjoyable life!
I received this comment from someone who wishes to remain anonymous:
I feel as though I'm never going to feel confident with myself and the only way I can is if I become fit and healthy. But it feels like I've tried everything, I'm just failing so hard! I just want to lose a few extra kilos.
You are not your weight. Losing a few extra kilos will not make you feel suddenly content and happy with yourself. Sure, it may give you a little extra confidence, fitness and muscle. It may give you a happier outlook and more positive attitude in general, as working out and eating clean can make you FEEL great! But it will not make you a different person. The person you are is already beautiful, you just need to take a good long look at yourself and see that. Don’t always put yourself down. Recognise the things about yourself and qualities you possess that are truly wonderful, and embrace them :) Allow yourself to love yourself!
Here are some tips to help:
1. Compliment yourself.
If you compliment yourself everyday, as often as you can (even little things, like “I am a good friend”, “I am honest”, “I am blessed to have the people in my life that I do, and that means I have done something right along the way in order to attract them and keep them in my life,” or even if it’s just “I make a mean ham, cheese and tomato toastie”, you’ll begin to pick out and notice your good traits, rather than only ever focusing on the negatives. We all over-analyse our flaws and this consequently magnifies them and makes them seem so much bigger, worse and more significant than they really are. By admitting your good qualities, you can bring a better sense of balance into your life, making you feel more content and stable within yourself. And that’s not even with any exercising!
2. Have some you-time.
Add in a little bit of “you-time” everyday. Yes, we all live hectic lives these days, time gets away. But remember you are important and precious. You DO deserve some time just for yourself to relax and unwind, whether it be a bath, a book, a TV show, meditation, yoga, a slow bike ride, even just a perfect cup of tea or coffee.. we all have something that fills us with joy (the feeling of grinning on the inside). Find yours and allow yourself to indulge!
3. Compliment or help others.
Doing good for someone else, bringing a smile to their face, will ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS give you a feeling of satisfaction and purpose. It is the best way to change your mood anytime! You’ll not only help them, you’ll lift your own spirit and attitude :)
4. Eat clean and drink clean, when you can.
I know it’s the oldest trick in the book, but it really works! Reducing the amount of processed and packaged food you eat will have an impact on your vitality and mood! It is the easiest switch as eating healthy food instead of packaged goods is so much more FUN! Be creative — you are allowed to play with your food (as long as you make it look pretty and then eat it after taking your Instagram shot of it, haha). Seriously though, the natural high your body will get from filling it with so many good nutrients and elements will be amazing. You will start to feel ALIVE, not just existing or surviving. Try it! I double dare you to tell me I’m wrong! ;)
5. Stay active.
Try to just move, stay on your feet. Walk, run, skip, hop, dance, prance, swim, ride, crawl, jump, roll, tumble, surf, paddle, peddle, row, glide, skate, flip. Take the stairs, walk not drive, glide around with energy and a will to be active. The endorphins released will give you a natural boost and an all-over glow!
Smile at strangers, friends, family, animals, even smile at yourself! The sheer action of moving your facial muscles into an upward curvature (smile), is a automatic way of improving your mood. It is psychologically linked to your motor memory — you smile because you’re happy. :)
Wishing you lots of love and laughter in your life,
* Results from BAM may vary. Strict adherence to the program is required for best results.