Hi there! I hope life is treating you well, and that you are blessed with health, abundance, and love ♥
It’s been a while since I’ve written, and my ego wants to give all kinds of “rational” reasons why I’ve been avoiding this, but my heart knows a deeper truth. Since I preach the tenants of living a heart-centered life, I’m going to put those lessons into action and let my heart speak here.
Life has many challenges and provides opportunities for us to rise, grow, and to learn from mistakes. I’ve been blessed with SO many mistakes in my life! Over the past few months, I’ve been gaining fat. I’ve been fighting this truth by telling myself who I “am”. I identified as this health and wellness speaker and author, trying to cast away the very reason I got involved in this work in the first place – to help myself. To live a healthy lifestyle. To be the best version of myself possible.
Look, we all have tremendous assets, and we tend to lose sight of that HUGE blessing because we put so much attention on what we should be, what we should think, what we should do.
I know what to do in order to get back on track. Shit, I wrote a fucking book about it. But the biggie is allowing myself to get back into it, to go through the discomfort of adjusting to meal plans, to take control of my week instead of constantly reacting.
I’m sharing this with you because we all struggle, and we all do a great job putting on a front and showing the world a version of ourselves that we want the world to see. We show the world who we want to be. Often, we neglect who we really are in favor of who we want to be.
How about we combine the two, and show up as we are, as-is?
I’d like to get back into the same size I was when I hit my goal body composition two and a half years ago. I started this journey five years ago this month. Writing that here helps me realize that it took over thirty years for me to finally commit to healthy living, and it’s going to take a lifetime (and LOTS of setbacks and mistakes) to keep it up.
In the Army of 100 Facebook group, we do daily gratitude posts. This is a best practice that I have borrowed (okay…stolen) from some folks in my recovery network. They all email each other their daily gratitudes, and it’s an amazing way to start/go through/end the day. In recovery, we say gratitude keeps us clean/sober. It helps shed light on what we actually have instead of obsessing over what we want.
So, though I want to get back to a leaner frame, first I want to express how grateful I am for the functionality, aesthetic and abilities of the body I currently have. It’s magnificent. It’s gotten me through everything that life has thrown at me, and has healed from all the crazy shit I’ve put it through.
Most people suffer from some form of body dysphoria, so let’s do something about that for ourselves. Today, I ask you this – what are you grateful for? Feel free to share with me, or post in the Army of 100 group.
I’d love to keep in touch and hear more about what you’re working on, and perhaps together, we can raise each other up and cheer one another on ♥
All my best,