Do It Because You LOVE It!

Just like everyone else, I struggle with insecurities and self doubt.

I have days when I don't like the way I look, when I feel puny, when I'm self conscious of my little legs, or I wish that I had bigger shoulders or a leaner stomach.

I realize that it's silly...I mean, is that really what I want my life to revolve around, what I want to consume my thoughts? Is that what matters most to me in life? Does my self-worth come from having ripped abs or rounder shoulders? No, it does NOT!

So when I have those days(which are becoming more fewer and fewer thanks to God!), I remind myself of what really IS important in life, and it's not our outer appearance. I also remind myself of why I do this, which is to be healthy and strong.... and because I LOVE it!

I love being strong. I love throwing iron around! I love sweating and pushing myself hard in the gym. It makes me feel good! Of course I want to look good on the outside, and it's nice to see the results of your hard work, but the physical results come secondary and are just an added benefit, NOT the sole reason I do what I do!

One of the things that I loved about CrossFit was that it got me to focus on performance, rather than on looks, unlike the world of bodybuilding. The whole time I did CrossFit I hardly took any progress pictures, because that wasn't what I was concerned with! I was focused on getting better in my workouts and stronger on my lifts.

So this is just a little reminder for those of you who are struggling in your fitness journey(as we all do!), for those who are struggling with body image issues, try to remember: striving for the perfect body and obsessing over your looks is NOT what matters in life and is not what brings true happiness...and actually, it will only lead to anxiety and discontentment, which I know from experience!

Learn to love your body the way it is. Focus on what you DO love about yourself, not just the things you hate. Be proud of how far you have come, what you have accomplished, and what your body is capable of. Don't obsess over your weight or trying to get your abs to show! It's so much more than that! LOVE what you do and be thankful that you are healthy and strong and able to move the body you were given!

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  1. It's funny you wrote a post about loving YOURSELF and doing what YOU personally love. I was going to write a post very similar today, but wrote about beauty products instead hahahaha loved this! xoxo and you

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    1. Thanks! It's so easy for us women to get obsessed with our outward appearance, that we forget to have fun and love what we do!

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