Bettering Myself

9:59 PM

There is so much pressure on women, and people in general, to think of their bodies in certain ways.  Some people want you to think that the media is to blame for any distorted thoughts about our bodies.  Pinterest just reminds us that fit is the new skinny while showing us unrealistic photos of fitness models who have 5% body fat.  Everyone tells you to love your body and to be confident in your own skin.  Do you ever feel like you're being pulled in a million directions?  If you're too far on the "do what you want and embrace it" side, you might be neglecting your bodily needs.  On the opposite end you're unfairly judging your body and pushing yourself too hard to be "ideal".  There is a happy medium, but it seems like it's actually harder to find than the extremes.  If you can learn how to respect your body by exercising a healthy amount and following proper nutrition guidelines, then you will be physically set to go.  Pairing that with the mentality that you are doing the best you can and there is nothing wrong with you is the next part.  It's that part that seems to get the best of me.

I have always had the mentality that I do not need to exercise or eat healthy because I'm relatively skinny.  I've never worried about weight, and I never had a reason to.  I'm really regretting some of those thoughts, because it's becoming harder to really rearrange my lifestyle.  I find every excuse in the book besides just being naturally skinny.  I complain that healthier options are too expensive.  I whine about being too tired to work out after work and class.  I excuse myself from the gym because I don't know how to use the equipment.  I make excuses for myself that lead to my abusing my body.  Even though I am naturally skinny, I can tell that I am gaining weight.  Although I don't think it's the end of the world if I gain a few pounds here and there because that's just a part of life, I know that this is due to my unhealthy lifestyle.  I can feel how out of shape I am when I run out of breath from going up the stairs or feel tired after running half a mile.  It's embarrassing, and it's not how I want to think of myself.

I want to think of myself as healthy, and as the best version of myself that I can possibly be.  My haircut was part of this change of thoughts.  I've never had the best confidence, but lately that has changed.  Thanks to dealing with some personal issues and the support of my friends, family and boyfriend, I finally feel that I can wear certain outfits or pull-off certain styles (like my hair).  I'm trying to be the best version of myself that I can.  It's much easier to apply make-up or cut your hair, but it's a little harder to motivate yourself to change your lifestyle.  I think that maybe if I had a few people to hold me accountable (like, I don't know, maybe anyone who can see this blog) then I would push myself to really work hard.

I want your opinion on this, and I'm curious if anyone else would like to work towards a better version of themselves with me.  This can be anything from working out to eating healthier to cleaning daily to reading more.  Seriously, it can be whatever!  I want to work on bettering myself and loving myself, and I think we could all benefit from that.  If anyone wants to join me, I am considering posting my goals for the week on Sunday as well as any recap information or "oops, I didn't meet my goal" confessions.

What do you think?  Would anyone be interested in joining me?
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