Today I woke up feeling a little bit bloated from eating carbs last night. One of the reasons, aside from high calories, that I stay away from carbs is that I visibly swell up and lose the definition on my face and body. It’s one of the coolest things about our bodies, the natural balancing system that gives us “water weight”, the first sign that your body’s in defence mode.
It’s noticing these things, paying attention to the signs your body is giving you that can make all the difference in your fitness journey. It’s knowing what a food hangover is and avoiding binging. Or the unnerving effects of excess caffeine. Or recognizing headaches as one of the first signs of dehydration.
In life, I try to look at the signs of what’s wrong in order to make room for improvements. It’s an empowering system because it utitilizes self-awareness, human’s greatest tool for progress. But there can be something a bit self-destructive in nit-picking your progress on the basis of these things.
It can be misunderstanding your body’s swelling for a sign of failure on your fitness journey, or just taking life’s blows personally. The way you approach your life’s goals, actions and setbacks determines how they appear to you. Your mind is your mirror because you only see what you allow yourself to focus on.
Today I stripped down naked in front of the mirror and chose to admire my body for what is it, not only what it could be. I looked at my curves, my skin. My long, lean frame. The strength in the thickness of my body. My full breasts and big butt. The progress in my over-all tone. My smile. Instead of avoiding the mirror because of the conditioning to look for ways to improve, I took a moment to marvel at my body for being my vessel for moving forward in life.
I looked in the mirror with a different mindset, and it was empowering. A change in perspective can be a break through. Just like being able to lift more than you ever could, or run farther than you thought possible, expanding your potential starts in your mind. Your belief in yourself determines how far you can go, because you’re able to see how far you’ve come.