So many women wear their body image insecurities as a badge. Like it defines them.
I’d be completely shocked if any woman ever told me she didn’t have body image issues at some point in her life. We all do.
That being said, I’ve always had body image based self-confidence issues. Ha! 😉 When I’m focused on fitness, those issues virtually disappear.
Virtually. I’m tall. Like really tall. Especially by NJ standards. A lot of my body image issues stem from towering over most of my friends, most of my life.
It’s always something, right?
I started this blog to keep fitness a priority in my life. When I say “this blog”, I mean the initial blog: Namammaste. In an attempt to give myself a break this postpartum round, I didn’t make that my focus. After I had Dylan, I ripped myself apart every day for a solid year for not losing enough weight, not being in good enough shape, and not fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes. I think I expected my body to just bounce right back into shape after the six week postpartum period.
Let me just tell you, for most of us, it doesn’t work that way. Yes, there are some very blessed women who do bounce back with minimal effort, but I’m sure, even they don’t feel “back to normal” for quite some time.
I think I may have given myself too much of a break, though. I’m in average shape and an acceptable weight, but I don’t feel great. I feel lethargic and, frankly, lazy. I look through my old blog posts and pictures and miss the way I felt.
I’ve never particularly enjoyed running or exercising. What I enjoyed was how exercising made me feel afterwards. I enjoyed the energy, strength, and stamina it gave me.
My spiritual “fitness” has improved over the past few months through my Good Morning Girls (#instavotion on Instagram) study. Taking the time to connect with God, through his word, daily is strengthening my relationship with Him, and he’s fixing me day by day. But, I’m not doing all I can to connect with Him, if I’m not working on my fitness:19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I want to start making the effort. Whether I go to the gym or get outside for a walk, I want to prioritize my body’s health and I want to be held accountable. I used to do “Fitness Fridays” a while ago, which I’m not going to link to because they weren’t well written and I think I had the wrong focus. I’m thinking about reviving Fitness Friday and posting about my weekly fitness goals, struggles, and successes, though.
What do you think? Would you want to participate? Should I make it a link-up? I’d love your feedback!