Let’s start to normalize soft bellies, rolls, stretch marks, and the bodies we have.
normalize normal bodies
But really, let’s normalize normal bodies. I’m talking about the bodies that have soft bellies, stretch marks, cellulite, rolls, and all of the things that make our bodies what they are!
This mindset shift will be different for everyone, as everyone is in a different place with how they feel about their body. What I’m suggesting with this normalization relates to body positivity, body image, and body confidence. I’m suggesting we work towards a mindset to feel good in the bodies we have. We should feel comfortable to start having conversations about all of these topics.
let me be honest
I have spent WAY too much time worrying about my looks, fitness routine, and nutrition. More specifically, I have let too much headspace be filled up with these unhealthy thoughts about what I look like, what I have eaten, and how much time I have spent working out.
There are days I feel self-conscious, frustrated, and really discouraged about what I look like. I think part of this stems from childhood experiences, comparison with others, and several other things I’m starting to process from awhile ago. I also used to believe that to be healthy I had to be skinny & fit, buy expensive & organic foods, and spend my free time planning on how to make all of this work. While those strategies aren’t necessarily bad, they didn’t work for me, and those strategies didn’t help me feel good to the core.
After years of trying different strategies and and being frustrated, I slowly started to learn about what it TRULY means to be healthy and what it personally means to be cool about my body. There are some days I truly feel strong, motivated, and confident — it goes deeper than just looks, but how I feel about myself. I’m working towards having more and more days where I have that mindset!
the best focus
I don’t have it all figured out, but I whole-heartedly believe in striving to live a healthy & balanced lifestyle. There’s a balance between eating nutritious foods and eating the processed s*** that tastes good. There’s also a balance between working out to get your body to look to a certain way and moving your body to feel good. It takes a lot of mental, emotional, & physical work to get into a place where you feel strong, confident, and at peace with how you look AND feel.
This is one of the BIGGEST focuses of my blog. Seriously, this is what it is about.
I focus on high-quality and affordable strategies for lifelong wellness. Moving towards wellness goals means putting in hard work. It doesn’t have to happen all at once, but can be small steps that happen every day. The best strategies are the ones you can use through many seasons of your life.
I know I am a work in progress, and will be for a long time. Each day is a new opportunity for me to practice focusing on a lifelong balanced & healthy lifestyle. If you stick around here, you’re going to find a little bit of everything. From recipes, to training tips, to fun things to build community, and everything in between. Each of these parts of wellness plays a role in normalizing normal bodies and the mindset behind it.
what is helpful for this lifestyle?
- Surrounding myself with people who love me & hype me up no matter how I look.
- Going to therapy.
- Practicing what I preach about mindset.
- Learning about normalizing normal bodies.
- Being around people who are confident and motivated with how they look and feel.
- Starting conversations about body image.
- Sharing my experiences and being vulnerable with others.
I could ramble for thousands of words about this topic, but really just want to encourage YOU to keep striving for that balanced & healthy lifestyle that makes you feel good. The kind of feeling good that is deep down and goes beyond daily circumstance. Keep your head up, your heart strong, and be well.