Body Image Without Prejudice
Do you train for looks or do you train for health? Is there anything wrong with either?
I know I will never be skinny. I’m not built that way, nor would I want to be. I actually really like my muscles. I worked my ass off for them. I started weight training when I was 12 years old. But, sometimes it can be a little frustrating. I want to look different – for me – not for anyone else. My husband always tells me he wouldn’t care what I looked like. Thanks sweetie. He really is the best. But for me, I would like to have a little less bodyfat and be a little more defined. At the same time, am I willing to put in the work it takes to get that way? Do I feel like it right now? Do I want to change my eating habits and workout habits right now? Not sure. I mean yeah, it would be nice for it just to happen. I struggle, just like you guys do. I would love a magic pill too. Wouldn’t that be awesome? For right now, though, at this very moment, I am perfectly fine with how I look. Body image without prejudice.
But at the same time just because I am okay with how I look and I accept myself, that doesn’t give me a free pass to do nothing! Can you imagine? I cannot imagine what would happen if I did nothing. Meaning if I didn’t exercise at all and just ate whatever I wanted. There has to be some restriction. There has to be some control. There has to be some discipline. I would love to be able to do that, but that is never going to happen.
So there is the notion that right now, even though I am not willing to put in the work to change the way I look, I know I am healthy otherwise. I sleep well, I eat well, and I workout well. So what’s the deal then? Why can’t I have that aesthetic body right now? The same reason why you can’t…
I don’t want it bad enough right now and I am not willing to put in the work…yet. I will get there. Just like everyone else, I have to get to the point. I can’t just be like okay, today’s the day. I have to get in that mindset where I are willing to do the work to change. Same mindset when you get a new program and get motivated to start. That’s what I’m talking about. And then, though, the most important part to me— I really do say it all the time—CONSISTENCY. That’s it. I’m not being as consistent as I should be in order for my appearance to change. It’s nutrition for me. I know I don’t get enough protein and I know I don’t eat enough. Even though I am eating quality food 90 percent of the time, I am not getting enough. My workouts are consistent, but my nutrition is not. That’s the difference between healthy and aesthetic. I get closer to it every day though. I am a constant work in progress. And, I’m fine with that. Body image without prejudice. Ruminate on that a little bit.