Friday, August 9, 2013

Don't Give Up

Don't give up. I know you just started exercising, and nothing seems to be happening. Every day you look at yourself in the mirror and think, why am I even doing this. I'll never be skinny. Don't give up. Don't compare. Your body is beautiful. Tone it and let it reach its full potential. Know that you will never be someone other then yourself. And that's okay.

Maybe skinny shouldn't be your goal. My goal is fun. I have fun jumping around in Zumba and making an utter fool out of myself. I have fun glorifying God as I swim laps. I try to work out because it should be a lifestyle, not a means to an end.

I never weigh myself. I don't care. It's not about reaching a "perfect goal". I'll never be perfect. One of my breasts will always be bigger then the other. My nose will always be slightly crooked. I have stretch marks and pimples and spider veins and hardly any chin. But I'm me.

It's not about you. Being healthy is about glorifying God. I'm a christian. I don't want to go to waste, or to give in to gluttony or greed. I want to live an active lifestyle because an active lifestyle is good for God. If you aren't religious, it still shouldn't be about you. Put the focus outward--take the stress off yourself, take the criticism elsewhere.

Are you living the lie that skinny is worth starving for? Don't live that lie--or even the lie that real women have curves. Real women can be a size 2 or a size 22. They are round and tall and rectangle and small and pear shaped and apple shaped and funny and smart and... It's not how you look. It's who you are. Really.

I just started the 30 day shred about a month ago. I know, it says 30 days, but I'm doing an every-other day, or every-two day, because, honestly, I haven't exercised in awhile. It's hard. I want to give up sometimes. I can't see any difference yet. But you know what, I'm going to keep going.


Deanna Fike said...

this was a great post, carolynn. i know i have been much happier with myself once i stopped weighing every week. as long as you're happy with yourself, a number is just a number. (kind of like my age.) :-D

_emmaread_ said...

Keep going! I've been walking every day for almost 6 weeks now and I'm just starting to see results. It takes time and effort but if it's fun or a way to blow off some steam, it's a lot easier to keep it up.

I honestly think I've only been able to stick with my interval walking program this long because of two things: 1) it slowly but surely built up my leg strength, making it easy to go from "not walking at all" to "walking long distances for exercise everyday" and 2) it's one way I "relax" and clear my mind. Walking really helps me with stress so I want to do it and look forward to it everyday.

Carolynn said...

I kerp forgetting how old I am! Hah! I'm 26 but I kerp talking people 21! what?! Lol.

Amanda said...

Found you from Deanna's page. This is such a great post. I want to give up my journey all the time but I can't.. because I remember giving up makes me worse not better. It's true its not about skinny - you just want to feel healthy and feel good about yourself. I think we (as people) forget endorphin's make us happy. And jumping around in zumba probably makes you crazy happy. And doing things like exercising and eating right does make us happier. Good luck on the rest of your journey!

Rachel G said...

Besides my annoying but necessary physical therapy exercises, I only do fun exercises. In the last couple of weeks, that's been a lot of hiking jungle trails. In the US, it's mostly going biking with Angel or playing kinect games with Angel or something like that. For me, the motivation is definitely about enjoying life, and I think your attitude is the best way to look at exercise!

Anja MacGillivray said...

You are beautiful just the way you are! And don't worry - one of my breasts is bigger than the other too lol
For me if excercise becomes a chore I find I stop doing it but if you find something that's fun then it stops being excercise altogether! I am not sure i made sense