Hey y’all…I had a whole series of posts I’m planning to do on denim this week (so exciting) but I’ve got something else on my mind that I felt was more important to share with you.
We all do it. We look at ourselves in the mirror and cringe. We lift our shirts up and look at our stomach, wishing it were smaller. We look at our thighs and hope for a thigh gap. We joke with our friends that we have “birthing hips.” We shake our arm flab and ask ourselves “how do we get rid of this?”
I’m going to be completely honest and vulnerable here…up until 6 months ago, I talked to myself this way almost every day. I looked at myself in the mirror and instead of seeing the positives, I saw the negatives. I would dissect myself and each body part and wish it looked a different way.
What changed for me 6 months ago?
My motivation changed. Instead of waking up every morning thinking of “Madison.Madison.Madison”…I am instead trying to think “How can I make today great?” and “How can I help someone today?”
Looking at ourselves in the mirror and talking negative to our bodies is not only harmful to us but it’s SO SELFISH. And I know some people will read this and think “get off your high horse, Madison,” but I am here to share what’s on my heart and to tell all of us women (and men) that we can STOP the negative self talk by shifting our motivation to others and how to make a difference in someone’s life that day or week.
I’m so lucky to be able to teach fitness classes so my motivation is challenging the participants in my class and helping them feel empowered when they leave their workout. THAT is what makes my heart happy.
The second I stopped focusing on Madison and the “wrong things” about my body…I started to become a better wife, friend and instructor. Somehow getting rid of all that negativity in my brain and heart, left room for so much more! I find myself being more present in day to day life and for that I am so happy.
I’ve struggled for years with eating issues and this positive shift in my life changed me drastically. It’s what made me fully be invested in my fitness career instead of doing something I didn’t love. This positive shift empowered me to pursue what I love. I still remind myself of this when I have bad days (hello HORMONES) but I’ve improved drastically.
The amazing news is that we can all do this! 🙂 There is a key to living your life in a way that lifts others up…we’ve got to get rid of the negative self talk and LOVE ourselves.
Loving ourselves and seeing the beauty is where the secret lives.
Start small…every morning before you shower or get ready for the day: list 3 reasons why you are beautiful. Or great. Or awesome. Or fabulous. The more you do this, the more comfortable you will be in your own skin and the amazing thing:
The more positive we look at ourselves…the more light we see in others!
WHOA 🙂 It opens up a whole new world.
I know this is long but it’s been on my heart for a long time and I’m taking each day at a time. Please reach out to me if you need help in any way. I’m here for you always!