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I was inspired to write this blog after talking to one of the patients that came into work today. She was telling me all about her “flaws” and how she wishes she had a certain body type. I’m here to show you that there is no perfect shape and to tell you my secrets on how to adore your body!
Growing up, I had curves and didn’t know how to love them. I always wished for a super skinny body and didn’t know how to come to terms with my build.
Within the last year, I’ve come up with ways to love my body and I want to share them with you!
I went through a small phase in my life where I thought the number on the scale actually mattered. Oh we all know that dreaded number. I used to weigh myself every morning and let that affect how I ate for the whole day.
That was the main thing I knew I needed to change.
I gradually stopped weighing myself until finally I stopped doing it completely. I had to realize that and kept repeating to myself, “the number doesn’t matter, everyone is different.” By doing that, I convinced myself that the number is just a number; especially knowing that muscle weighs more than fat.
So everyone, leave the scale alone! Throw it out, hide it, do whatever you need to do to get it out of your sight!
Your diet is the most important aspect in reaching your goals! If you begin with altering your diet, you will start off by losing water weight and then will lose body fat. Decrease your carbs, fat, and salt intake. Try to eat more fruits, vegetables, and protein (especially if you’re exercising weekly). I allow myself to cheat on my diet every Saturday. This helps me stay on track throughout the rest of the week without getting stressed about staying on a strict diet 24/7. Who wants to cut out pizza and ice cream forever? Uhh… no one!
Many diets out there say to cut out carbs completely. Based on my education, there are pros and cons to every diet. Everyone is different, but that didn’t work for me in the past. Carbs are necessary for your diet since it is your body’s source of energy, and it replenishes your glycogen stored in your muscles after a workout. Pack your lunches everyday instead of ordering out. You could even meal prep your week every Sunday so you are guaranteed a well-balanced meal every day. Not only is it healthier, but it’ll save you money, too!
Finally, getting into a habit of going to the gym four times a week also helped me out. About two years ago, I used to go to the gym for a month straight and then stop for a couple months, back and forth. I realized why I couldn’t make it a habit for me; I kept working out as hard as I could for a month straight and ended up dreading it.
I’ve been going to the gym now for about a year straight and I couldn’t imagine life without it.
Here is my secret: I worked out slowly, and gradually let myself grow stronger. I started going to the gym two days a week, and then worked my way to four times when I was ready. I also switched my routine up every month to ensure that I wouldn’t get bored and discouraged.
If going to the gym isn’t your forte, then try others things that will make exercising something to look forward to! You can start by stretching, walking, home exercises, yoga, riding a bike, swimming, dancing; the possibilities are endless!
Exercising boosts your immune system, decreases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and many other diseases. It also increases your energy throughout your day and even helps you fall asleep at night.
So ladies, and gentlemen, working out can be fun, will make you feel healthy, and you will be happier overall! (Curves are so beautiful, ladies, so show off what your mama gave you!)
I have many other tricks, so stay tuned for my blogs in the future to help you reach your goals!
If you have any tips, please comment and share below. I would love to help others as well as myself to stay motivated during my workouts!
Thanks for reading♥