With new year’s, come new goals, and often those goals or resolutions are centred around getting the perfect body, uncovering your six pack, or loosing the baby weight and finally sticking to a diet. We get blindly caught up in the rat race of quick fixes and programs in a constant quest to feel good in the skin that we’re in. I’ve got a little secret for you though, it’s never going to work. You cannot hate yourself into loving yourself, no matter which program, diet, or latest trend you try. Through my years of personal discovery, yo yo diets, and radical shifts I’ve come to uncover that the only true way to get the body you’ve always wanted, is to start loving the beautiful body that you already have. Ultimately our end goal is to love the skin that we’re in, so if we start there it’s incredible the lifelong changes that can and will happen as a result.
Spend Time Checking Out your Bad Self
That’s right, give yourself the once over at least once a day. Spend some time staring at your body as a whole, and sending some kind, loving, or kick ass words at yourself, but more importantly about yourself. We get so use to picking ourselves apart, that we forget to look at ourselves as a whole, and honour the magnificent being that we are. So start checking yourself out, make it a habit, give yourself a little wink or nod as you pass by a public mirror, or catch your reflection in a nearby window or storefront. Get comfortable looking at yourself, and spend time showering your body with love. it may feel totally cheesy and awkward at the beginning, but the more we do it, the more we start to believe it as our truth, because guess what babes, it is your truth! We are each uniquely and divinely created, and there is no one else on this earth exactly like us, and that in itself is MAGNIFICENT!
Dress to Impress, Yourself
How often have you purchased clothing because it was suitable, or would fit the occasion? Or purchased items just because they fit? I use to be completely and totally guilty of this, and when I dove deep into my personal self love journey, I decided to only purchase things that brought me immense joy. To only bring home items that I felt flattered my figure, showed off the areas that I loved, and that I felt like a total rockstar in. This simple shift has been an absolute game changer for how I feel about my body, and has allowed me to show up in life with a new confidence and boldness. When you feel confident in the clothes you’re in, it allows you to feel empowered and radically confident in your skin as well. When you look and feel like a badass, you become totally unstoppable. So go ahed, invest in fewer quality pieces that bring you joy, that allow you to feel like the queen that you are, and highlight all of your favourite parts. Make it about you, and how you want to feel in your life, bring that magic into your wardrobe and own it.
Educate Yourself + Be Empowered
Knowledge will take you far, especially when it comes to basic knowledge and understanding of how to treat your body right. When you start to develop a loving relationship with yourself, you step into a place of wanting to do right by your body, and treat it with love and mad respect. When you back this desire with some key foundational knowledge about basic nutrition, and the power of exercise and movement, you’ll be floored at how much your lifestyle will begin to shift. It wasn’t until I started to radically love myself, that my diet, lifestyle and waist size shifted, for good. I was able to take the pressure off of where I was going, and enjoy where I was by simply doing right by my body day in and day out, and living in the moment by making my choices from a place of love. Honouring my body with my actions, and getting deeply connected to how those choices and actions made me feel both physically and emotionally. So focus on the love, and arm yourself with some basic knowledge by following some influential health and wellness leaders in your area, you’d be surprised by the free content that’s easily accessible through the internet these days. Find your people, and get your nerd on!
Essentially the secret to getting the body you’ve always wanted, is to take a bold step towards loving yourself where you are. Choosing to step up and own your brilliance, and work with your body towards your healthiest, happiest and most vibrant life. Self love is the key to radical lifelong changes, and I’m absolutely proof of just that. If you’re in need of a little nudge in the right direction, or some guidance on where to begin your journey to self love, be sure you’re following me on Instagram and Facebook where I’m often dishing out heaps of knowledge and experience on self love, as well as keeping you i the loop for my signature program, Loving Myself Loudly, which is designed to help you dive deeper into a relationship with your amazing self.
Whatever you choose to do, and however you move forward, I only ask that you explore the idea of what might happen if you felt confidence and beautiful in the skin that you’re already in.