Something I shared with our group today:
I saw this quote today and it hit home for me. SO often when we get started with our health journey it's from a place of wanting to turn our bodies from prisons to palaces without realizing that the prison is internal. Our bodies are only a reflection of how we treat them in conjunction with what they need from us.
Meaning that you probably know another woman that eats TERRIBLY and is a size 2 with perfect skin and you want to smack her because if you breathe around chocolate you gain 5 pounds! Some people's bodies handle poor treatment better than others but it is NOT a reflection of HEALTH. Nor is a 20 pound weight gain necessarily a reflection of poor nutrition. I have friends with auto immune diseases and food sensitivities that gain weight seemingly overnight without binging on junk.
Our bodies aren't the prisons, our minds are. We have to stop focusing on what we "should" look like, or how unfair it is that other people don't struggle the way we do, and instead start paying attention to what will set us free, from the thoughts we dwell on to the foods that we eat.
We are not here to diet. We aren't even here to lose weight. We are here to get in tune with our bodies and heal! Some ladies are palace-ready the moment they start! They have dealt with the emotional junk in their lives and they are starting self care from a place of self awareness and truth. That was NOT my story!
I started trying to turn my body from a prison to a palace and in the process of self care realized it was my mind that was holding me captive. All of this has taken me longer than other women but IT DOESN'T MATTER! It doesn't matter how fast or slow you are healing, it only matters that you ARE healing!
Instead of getting irritated that you are still struggling with food addictions, or working out, or even speaking truth to yourself, just acknowledge that there is a problem! That was the first step for me. I had to admit that my body wasn't the issue, the way I thought about and treated my body was the issue. Start there. Work on rejecting lies. Work at replacing them with truth. If you want something terrible for yourself to the point you are feeling angry and deprived, eat it! But then pay attention to how you feel physically and emotionally afterward! Begin to recognize what your body is communicating to you. Notice when you feel bloated, or nauseous, or jittery, or even emotional.
You will start to see how you are building your own prison being at war with your own body. As you become aware of how you feel after the junk, you WILL stop wanting a lot of it. I promise you that! Stop feeling like a failure if you aren't sailing through this process. You have to be on the same team as your body! It fights for you, it begs for nutrients so it can heal you, so it can grow and feed babies, so it can fight diseases and illness. BE. IT'S. ALLY. Work on having a mind that is palace ready, so no prison can hold you! You ARE stronger than your genetics, you ARE stronger than any disease you might have, you ARE meant to have unity within your mind, body, and soul. We are all working towards THAT goal in different ways.
Keep working on what that means for you without getting discouraged by the scale. I had a lot of mental work to do, others in the group had the hard task of figuring out what foods, even healthy 21 Day Fix approved foods, were tearing down their bodies. Still others are walking through emotional trauma and having to forgive and make the conscious effort to move forward from pain. Our prisons are different but we were all made for a palace! Give yourself the freedom to figure out what that means for you!
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"And Aubrey was her name. A not so very ordinary girl or name."(Or so says David Gates ;) I'm a wife to Phillip, a mother to Scarlett and Juliet. We live in the beautiful city of Thornton, Co. I'm a recovering red bull addict. I love to read. I hate to cook. I seek to be inspired and also to inspire others. I am a Beachbody Coach on a quest to be truly healthy mind, soul, and body and challenge others to do the same.