If you’ve read enough of my posts, you know by now that I am a proponent of living a life free of the external—don’t worry about what others think, just do you.
Well, as the blog description says: I am human. I make mistakes. I make them often. That said, my biggest fault, where maintaining my personal fitness goals are concerned, is in not allowing other like-minded individuals to influence my opinion of my accomplishments.
It never fails, I walk out my door—looking my pretty girl rockin’ self—and I see some other woman whom I perceive looks 10 times better. And, instead of giving her the props she deserves, I make a mental note of just how much further I have to go.
That mindset has been both a positive and negative influence on my life.
On the one hand, I’m never at a loss for motivation but, on the other, I am never able to stop and appreciate what I’ve already done to better my physical self without finding faults in the process.
Let me espouse to you a not so secret idea: you will never be as skinny, as toned, or as healthy as you imagine others to be. That’s an unreachable goal for the modern woman who isn’t spending her life devoted to health and fitness—we can’t all look like Jillian Michaels or Elizabeth Hasselbeck (although some of us will kill ourselves trying).
I know I can’t. I’ve got a lot more on my plate than just reps, sets, and cardio.
So, what’s the solution? Hmmm, I don’t know really, but I enjoy the learning process this constant self-evaluation offers me in my day-to-day struggle to be fiercely fit and fantastic.
In the meantime, I can only suggest that you give yourself a break. You likely look a lot better than you think and, trust me, at some point, you have inspired another woman to do just five more minutes of cardio or one more set of leg curls.
So, take a moment to celebrate yourself. Flex a little in the mirror, give yourself a wink and a nod, then break out your best smile, walk out the door, and do your pretty girl rock—proudly!
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