The scale doesn’t typically stay the same. Weight can fluctuate in varying degrees. Sometimes I look in the mirror and scrutinize myself about what I want to change and what doesn’t seem good enough. Sometimes, it’s the unhealthy opposite of that. If i’ve made any headway in my journey to being healthy, I look in the mirror with pride about how I’m coming along, as if I’m a better person because I lost a few pounds or inches.
I’m not saying that hard work and discipline shouldn’t be celebrated. I think that those are amazing traits to have and to take pride in. However, the number on the scale shouldn’t determine our level of self-worthiness. Losing or gaining 5 pounds doesn’t make us any more or any less valuable.
I was talking to a friend of mine, and she was talking about making a mental switch in terms of working out. We tend to work out because we want to fix ourselves. We want to fix our abs, our untoned arms, and the whole 9 yards. But, rather than doing something healthy like working out in an unhealthy way (self-loathing), maybe we need to shift our thinking to working out because we LOVE ourselves. We LOVE and RESPECT our bodies so we want to do things that make us feel better. That sounds more appealing to me than shaming myself about what I need to change, which in so many ways, is translated into not being good enough, or worthy enough.
I’ve decided that from now on, when I’m preparing to work out, I’m not going to put myself in ‘beast mode.’ I’m simply going to love my body where it is and do something for the love of it.
Today starts my 12 week challenge with Jamie Eason’s Live Fit. I am currently in Phase One (I should also add that I am following the exercise portion due to the fact that a lot of her suggested meal plan includes wheat and other things that aren’t paleo friendly).
What is Phase One?
If you don’t have time to watch this video, the basic breakdown of Phase One is as follows:
-Weight training as laid out in the plan
-Eating small, nutritious meals every 2-3 hours
That’s kind of a basic run down of this phase. To get more information, go here.
Today’s workout was chest and triceps. I didn’t do any of these exercises at the gym, by the way. The plan entails 3 sets of 12 reps of every exercise. The first wasn’t bad but I was definitely making donkey faces by the 3rd. After my workout, I had a bottle of water and a banana. Tomorrow’s workout will be back and biceps.
If you are curious about how to look like you’ve lost 5-10 lbs immediately (depending on when you’re reading this), you’ve come to the right place. Some of you may know what I’m going to talk about already and if you do, I hope that you’ve rectified your situation already. If not, keep reading.
A bra. Not just any bra. A bra that is YOUR size.
Most women are wearing the incorrect sized causing them to look frumpy, dumpy, and any other adjective that signifies all that is unattractive. Don’t beat yourself up though. There is a very easy solution to this problem. Get measured. It costs you absolutely nothing to do so. If someone tried to charge you, tell them to kick rocks. If you are a more voluptuous gal, head to Lane Bryant and they will hook you up. (Side Note: You don’t have to be plus size to wear a size F. You just have to get measured to find out what you need). Once you get measured and get those ladies into the right situation, you will look much slimmer and shapely.
If you would rather measure your boobies yourself at home, you can find out how to do so here.
I promise you, once you get those ladies locked and loaded, your life will never be the same.