A year ago I did my first fitness shoot. (Thanks to @ncoskyphoto). A year ago I was so uncomfortable in this body, simply because I wasn’t “where I wanted to be”. Shortly thereafter I had a complete 6 pack when fully relaxed, I ran a half marathon in 1 hour and 42 minutes and was at, what I believe to be, my optimal shape. I was still thinking so uncomfortable. I could not appreciate all of the amazing things that my body was doing, and the results that it was showing.
Flash forward a year. I look [almost] exactly like I do in these photos and I couldn’t be happier. This week I’m on vacation. No “diet”. Eating what I want when I want it. Exercising when I want. Not working. On an all inclusive vacation at home: including healing, soul food, dessert, naps, and ABSOLUTELY no guilt.
I work hard when I’m working my two jobs and trying to eat smart and exercise. I needed this. I needed this to realize that loving your body and being in an optimal body are very different things. I LOVE my thicker thighs, full glutes, and solid midsection. I also love my toned, sleek arms, abdominal definition, and lean legs, too. I love me at all stages but I’m DEFINITELY enjoying this one right now. And AT my optimal body, when I get there again, I’ll love me too. But I won’t wait to get there to appreciate all that I have.
If Mother Nature can take a couple extra months to give us spring, I can take a couple more weeks of hibernation mode before the days of more steps and less snacks start again and I’m back in a routine.
Happy 109th day of January, everyone. As much as this weather sucks, don’t forget to love yourself today- and every day. Let’s get those bodies spring ready... tomorrow. . . . . .
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