Many of us did it: The year started with a resolve to lose weight, sure we’d stick to the high pressure goal we had invented a fit of self-loathing. To lose 20 pounds, hit the gym every day, count calories, or never even look at a piece of bread again. The fact is, New Year’s resolutions on losing weight can be dangerous and harmful, especially if you allow them to skew your self-image and negatively affect your self-esteem.
I was that person – the first on Jan.. January at the gym, so sore on the third day that she took the rest of the month off. I was also the person who held onto it day in and day out. Both versions of me are valid. In terms of transparency, I was never the person who committed to a hardcore diet, but I was definitely the person who tried to eat less and ended up scolding myself only to totally hate myself for it. Be sure to see yourself in at least one of these examples (or possibly all of them). That’s okay. This is a reminder that you don’t have to start your 2021 to apologize for the way you look or to try to « fix » it.
For some reason, weight loss, gym engagement, and conditioning are some of the most common New Year’s resolutions of all time. And for people who, for one reason or another, have to do all of this, that’s perfectly fine. Setting goals and sticking to them is a good thing. A great thing. I’m not here to shame someone for trying to get healthier. I worry about anyone who allows an unhealthy self-hater to blossom out of wanting to look a certain way.
I worry about anyone who allows an unhealthy self-hater to blossom out of wanting to look a certain way.
I’m sure I don’t have to give you the whole game ~ we live in a world of face-tuned Instagram models and Photoshopped magazine ads ~ but if I do, I’ll be brief: The Perfect Bodies that you see online and in ads are often not real. You shouldn’t compare yourself to them. Healthy looks different for everyone.
Before you think I’m going to shame someone out here with a goal of going to the gym, let me clarify one more time. Working towards a healthier lifestyle is an admirable goal! However, all too common in this negative world is that we use the New Year’s resolution season to shame ourselves and take apart our looks in the mirror until we make up our minds to change everything we hate. Does this behavior ultimately lend itself to a healthy lifestyle? No. Very often we are so desperate that we lose all motivation to do something. We feel doomed to fail. Defeated. Embarrassed. Captured.
Of all these words, « trapped » hurts the most. My body is my home, the only home that I will have forever. I hate the idea of someone feeling trapped in hers. My body is the reason I get up every day and live my life – how can I hate it (and hate myself!) Because I don’t look exactly how I want to?
As you set your New Year’s resolutions, call 2021, and maybe even stock up on new fitness equipment or healthy snacks, I urge you to pursue your goals on purpose. Do not use your resolutions as an opportunity to shame yourself. Instead, choose to appreciate and love your body – in fact, this is a far better reason to swear to make healthy choices. Strive for health because your body deserves a long and beautiful life, not because you need to lose 10 pounds in case low-top jeans come back in style (and believe me, I do everything I can to make sure it doesn’t is). . In 2021, I invite you to do another type of New Year’s resolution: Make up your mind to be kind to yourself. You deserve it.
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