Your Body is Your Temple
Your body is your home, your soul and your being. You have unique scars, triumphs, tragedies and countless stories that belong to you and your journey. Fit bodies don’t necessarily tell the story of a healthy and physically active person, nor do overweight bodies tell the story of a lazy person. It’s impossible to know everything about a person’s behavior or life by simply looking at his or her body.
An unhealthy and out of shape person may be that way, as a result of
poor treatment and motivation of ones body. They may mostly eat Pizza, Nachos, mac and cheese, or anything with low nutrition value. They also may mostly sit or lay the entire day, and choose not to go some were for different reasons such as:
- Easily tired or winded
- Feel uncomfortable with one’s appearance
- Fear of being humiliated (laughed at or even Oinked at)
- Dread social and family gatherings for fear of weight loss questions or suggestions (You would look so pretty if you lost the belly!)
- Feeling of regret and discomfort when eating at events.
Occasionally they may “get serious” and eat in ways that are “believed” as quick wight loss diets. They may begin highly unhealthy and dangerous eating habits such as not eating for days, leading to self defeat when you give into the hunger and desire for food. Remember your not alone, and this negative thinking is hindering your ability to change.
“These bouts didn’t last long. Even healthy behaviors when taken on as punishment are not positive or lasting. While choosing to eat a salad or going to the gym are good practices in theory, if you’re saying the most nasty and horrific things to yourself the whole time, they register as yet more punishment and bullying.”
– Erin Brown
Negative Commentary from others may only fuel you feeling of “unworthiness” causing you to punish yourself even more. You may feel depressed and desperate, but the power is in you. Start saying “All bodies are good bodies” and start taking small steps in changing your outlook on yourself. Start telling the word that you are proud of yourself and you will soon start to feel it too.
Instead of thinking negatively start looking towards your positive friends and role models.
- Think of athletes, and what they can do with their bodies.
- Think of friends, families and acquaintances who are enthusiastic about fitness and use healthy foods to fuel their training
- Think of people who run races, and of how proud they are of their accomplishments.
- Talk to yourself in a positive way and be proud of who you are.
- Hang around with only supportive and helpful friends and families.
- Always remember, that the process will take time but it will be worth it
Here are five things you can do to start being a positive and thoughtful health activist:
- Try walking or starting a walking group at your job.
- Ask your company to provide healthy snacks in the break room as a part of a employee health initiative.
- Become the kind of group fitness instructor that encourages and welcomes all body types to join in, work hard, and have fun.
- Be the kind of person who promotes wellness and not shame.
- And the primary thing you can do is love people where they are today and role model healthy behaviors in yourself. This includes working on your own inner voice and turning off the judgments that contribute to others’ personal body-hell.