Mindset Transformation Post
These photos were taken several years apart (I think the the quality of the photos makes that pretty apparent 😂) The photo on the left was in 2011 on vacation with my parents. I had spent the weeks leading up to that vacation doing extreme diets and tons of cardio—I DID lose weight. I got down to 130lbs which was low for me (I quickly gained it all back plus more btw) BUT I was miserable. I spent the whole vacation stressing. I stressed about my body—I still didn’t like it. I stressed about what I ate. I stressed about fitting in exercise. I didn’t allow myself to truly enjoy the vacation because I was consumed with fear.
The photo on the right was taken yesterday. To be honest, there’s stuff in my life that I can get down about, but I’m learning not to let that consume me. I’m actually happy, even if things aren’t perfect. I haven’t stressed about my body, or food, or exercise once on this trip. I wore a bikini with no shame even if there’s a small critical voice telling me I don’t have a “bikini body.” I didn’t do any dieting or special exercise “prep” before coming on vacation. I weigh 130lbs in this photo, too—but I’m in much better shape today than in 2011–both mentally and physically.
I KNOW getting out of the diet mindset is SCARY—it literally took me years. I would hear or read people sharing stories similar to this one and think there was something special about them—that living free and loving your body was only achievable for an elite few, but not me.
I know that voice. If you have the same voice, don’t listen to it. That’s Fear talking.
There is so much life to be experienced. There is so much joy (and sorrow) to be felt in the land of the living. The ups and downs of the diet cycle is NOT the joy/sorrow relationship worthy of your time.
Diets and exercise addiction can enslave us—that’s not living.
If you feel stuck, feel free to private message me. I’d love to help. Even if it’s just to assure you that, yes, I’ve been there. And yes, it does get better.
Ditch the diet, pick up some weights, or do something else that feels nourishing to your soul. 😘
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