However we cannot accept our body fat percentage, our weight or our dress size if we believe it should be, and can be different than it is.
If we accept we could lose our motivation to be healthy! If we accept we would have no motivation to go exersize or eat well!
Or would we?
Non-acceptance is the norm. Women across the county wage war against their belly fat! They jump a new diet or work out routine with determination. This time they will summon the will power to finally whip their unruly body into submission. They set off- ready to sacrifice the food they would rather eat and to bravely suffer through their workouts (even though they have other things they would rather do)
And then the battle comes to an end, the result is always defeat. It’s a defeat when the belly fat is still there or comes back. It’s a defeat when she realizes she still does not like her body, even minus the belly fat.
Is non-acceptance really making anyone healthier or happier?
All research, statistics and personal experience points to NO.
Is there another way?
We can be healthy…without trying.
We can eat well and exercise with ease.
We can experience JOY in doing the very things we needed will power to accomplish in the past.
We can….with acceptance.
We are not our bodies. None of the numbers associated with them matter. Wholeness is ours in the moment that we choose it.
If we cannot accept yourself the way we look now…..WE NEVER WILL.
We will always be unsatisfied, frustrated, feel less than, and suffer through doing the behaviors that support our body’s health.
If we accept ourselves the way we look now, then (and only then) our healthiest bodies become possible.
Isn’t the chance for true health (inside and out) & joy worth giving acceptance a try?
I think so.
I know so.
“There is more opportunity in pursuing [your weakness], headlong, rather than putting more time in that thing you are already good at. Addressing it will make a difference for you in ways you’ll never be able to predict prior to the experiment."
I have just finished an article for MainLineParent.com and am beginning work on an article for the CrossFit Journal. Can't wait to share the links with you!