Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Choose Health - Taking Small Steps


So, I don't know about any of you, but body image has always been a bit of a struggle for me. I feel like almost every woman out there understands what I'm talking about and can sympathize with me in some way or another. And I've never been one of those girls who can really not work hard and continue to be thin. Like I have to work hard at it every single day and sometimes that is just super exhausting. However, learning to not get so down on myself if I have a bad day eating or I go up a few pounds here and there is something I have been spending the past few years working really hard on. It's something that has to come from inside to understand that I can love myself and be who God created me to be, and not have to get so stressed about what others think all of the time. That was the first lesson I've really been focusing on in this season of learning to choose health. The second lesson has really been just that, actually choosing health over anything else. I may not be at the number on the scale that I was hoping for, but am I healthy in what I am eating? Am I getting a good amount of physical activity in? These are the more important questions and even if that coveted number never gets where I want it to be, am I focusing my love for myself from a place of health? These are the constant questions that I need to remind myself when I am struggling with my body image and they help me to focus on what the most important goal is...choosing health.



One of the best ways I have been able to do this is to incorporate a small bit of physical activity for my body each day. And that may look different every day and I may not have time to do some huge workout, but I can always do something. Even stretching can be just what I need to make my body feel stronger and healthier. So I place my yoga mat in a nice little area of my living and stretch my body out in the morning. Another great small step that I have been taking has been watching some amazing Youtubers who have fantastic channels showing exercises that are not time consuming and really give my muscles a great workout. I will link two of my favorites below. If you are struggling with a place to start that will get you moving, both of these ladies have helped me a lot and they are great for taking your first small step towards health. Definitely check them out.

Yoga with Adriene

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That is about all for this blog post today. Please leave a comment if you are at all struggling with your journey to health. I definitely know that it can be hard, but I also know that working through things in community is also one of the very best resources you can have. So I am here to chat with anyone who needs a friend or an accountability partner. Talk to you soon!
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  1. I really appreciated your distinction in wanting to focus on choosing health and then actually choosing health. I think for me it can become so easy to know that i'm "choosing" health...but then not actually actively choose health.

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