The entire wall was covered by a mirror, and as I walked in for my TRX class, I immediately assessed myself from head to toe.
It was only 7:15 am and I was already annoyed with the wrinkles between my eyebrows, my love handles and my big thighs! WTF!
I had dragged my ass out of bed, drove 30 minutes and SHOWED UP to take a strength training class that pushes me so hard that I feel like I’m going to barf afterwards . . . and I was STILL beating myself up over my love handles.
Then I got annoyed that I was annoyed! It’s a vicious cycle that I struggle with almost daily. Sigh.
Loving myself . . . as I am . . in this moment, is something I work on every.single.day.
Thank God the class began and my focus shifted from my love handles and big thighs to not throwing up in the middle my plank pikes. The mean girl chatter disappeared while I sweated through 45 minutes of squats, kettle bell swings and TRX rows . . . and it was delightful!
I believe that loving yourself is the most powerful thing you can do to kick butt as a human being!
That is why it’s my # 1 Bliss Element!
So while I was still on my endorphin high and the barfy feeling had faded, I made sure to list a few things that I DO love about myself.
Here is what I came up with:
I love my hair, especially when I take the time to curl it!
I love how my shoulders look in my favorite peekaboo shirt.
I love that my sister, my brother and I ALL have the furrow lines between our eyebrows – We Are Family!
I love looking down at my strong legs while in spin class.
I love that I kept up with the 20 year olds in my TRX class this morning.
Loving yourself can look like . . .
Allowing yourself to be ok with where you are right now.
Letting go of the self judgement and “mean girl” mind chatter.
Thanking your beautiful body for getting you through the day (big thighs and all).
Learning how to create your own joy.
Being ok with messiness and imperfections.
Honoring your daily rituals that keep your eyes shining brightly and your feet grounded.
SIDE NOTE: Honoring your daily rituals that keep you healthy and sane are ESPECIALLY important during the holidays (ready or not, they’re here)!! Love yourself enough to exercise despite your busy schedule. Eat well even with all the temptations. SLEEP!!! Stay true to who you are as you surround yourself with your crazy family!
This is my plan for showing myself love for the next few weeks . . .
Taking as many spin classes as possible.
Wearing my high waisted jeans that make my love handles disappear!
Taking the time to curl my hair and maybe even wear some lipstick.
Writing in my gratitude journal every day for the next week.
Drinking lots of water and attempting to get eight hours of sleep.
Believing that I am doing the best that I can in this moment.
What are you going to do to love yourself this week??
Tell me all about it!
AND thank you for taking the time to read my musings . . . so much gratitude for my beautiful tribe.