Love Your Body
Love your body with regular exercise. Exercise is preventative medicine! Stretch and Strengthen regularly with Pilates.
To Love You
To Love You
Let’s be honest love is the greatest thing on earth. Listen to the radio what is nearly every song about, Love! Love felt, love shared, loved missed, love lost or love of self. It is the most powerful emotion over everything we have.
So I wish to write about it, share my experiences and hope to inspire you to love yourself.
There was a moment in time that I needed to recognise the harsh thoughts and feelings I had towards myself. The constant thought “I am not good enough” played in my brain like a broken record, even when I wasn’t fully aware of it. But I have had lots of positive support and love in my life to work through this and hope to share with others what I have learnt.
I remember the moment that these feelings finally caused me to really crack. It was February 2011 and there was a mix of emotions going on inside of me that I hadn’t even realised. I finally recognised them, and processed them with tears and poetry that turned into songs (that I recorded a couple of years later). Self-awareness is not always obvious until you get to that crunch point and finally wake up to yourself. The self-criticism record was always playing in my mind, no matter what anyone else said.
But what I was also thinking, was the wrong belief that I had to be perfect and that my body had to be perfect and that I should not make a mistake. An internal perfectionist, that pushed myself to limits physically and weakened myself mentally.
I was training with my gorgeous girlfriend and loving every minute, but there came a time where I placed this strange high unrealistic standard on myself. This was dangerous as a have a thyroid issue and need to have a balanced view of exercise. In saying this I am very thankful for as a child and adult my mum has always encouraged good traditional eating to care and nourish the body. My Dad is the same. I have never seen my parents use any medicines other than absolute necessary. A healthy diet was advocated as a child and the message was clear to eat to cherish and care for my body and for enjoyment. But even with the wonderful viewpoint of food, the pressure that we can have was there. I remember being 11 and looking in the mirror and criticising my hip shape. So thankful my mum instilled healthy eating. As I definitely have a love for food.
The scary thing is I thought that this was just an issue for girls. But the truth is, it is affecting boys too. I realise as a parent I need to be careful on what I say about my own body, and focus on being healthy and active.
So to be balanced is an ongoing process. To be aware of pushing our bodies too far is so crucial. In a world where beautiful air brushed bodies are presented to us every day, we can feel this unrealistic pressure that can lead to unhealthy habits. Love your body, love yourself, have the self-respect to make time for exercise for the right reasons! This personal experience is one of the reasons behind starting Body Harmony Pilates. Whilst exercise has helped me manage Back Pain and improve my Thyroid Health, I also need to share the importance of balance, and self care! To love you is so important. Make time for you, and enjoy the benefits.