Wednesday, 14 March 2018

My Body Confidence Slump & What I Plan To Do About It


As I finish up my second Easter egg of the week (chocolate eggs taste better than normal chocolate and we gotta take advantage of them while they’re here) I start to think about my New Years goal to get healthier. 

It’s not exactly going to plan.

I feel like every year I say that this is the year, this is the year where I will strut down a beach in my bikini just oozing body confidence. And every year I spend as little time in swimwear as possible and cover up as much as I can.

Well, all I’ve done so far is a few workouts (with long stretches of time in-between each), as well as eating my own body weight in pizza three times over.

Last year I was so much more motivated to workout and I felt a helluva lot better for it. If I was walking down the street past a group of people and start to feel self conscious I would remind myself that this body ran ten miles on Sunday so who cares if people think it looks bad. When I’m working out it gives my body another purpose, so I start to care less about how it looks and more about what it can do, if that makes sense. 

We all know people look absolutely beautiful in a variety of shapes and sizes, and that people can gain body confidence in many ways. For me personally I have gone past the weight I am comfortable with. And it’s not the number on the scales that’s telling me that, I stopped caring about that number a long time ago. It’s how I feel in my clothes and when I look at myself in the mirror, I just don’t feel like me any more. 

When I gave up refined sugar for lent last year it was the healthiest I have ever felt. I was practically just eating fruit, vegetables and whole wheat food so it’s no surprise. Nowadays I am eating shit and it is making me feel shit.

So what am I going to do about it?

Firstly I am not going to be so hard on myself. Whenever I have wanted to get in shape before I just had these bad thoughts about my body going around in my head and it did not motivate me, it just made me feel down and when I am down I reach for the chocolate. So I’m going to go into this with a happy and positive mind (she says hopefully). 

Secondly I am going to keep track of what I eat. I will do this using My Fitness Pal, an absolutely amazing app that is incredibly easy to use. Snacking is my let down, I too easily convince myself that one piece of chocolate here or bag of crisps there won’t make any difference.

Thirdly, I am going to get back into a workout routine. Once I am in a routine it’s all easy, it’s just the initial ‘getting into the routine’ that’s bloody difficult. As I said above I feel so much better about my body when I am working out and it releases a whole bunch of endorphins, 

Finally, I am going to set myself some goals. Not just one big goal, but lots of mini goals. My main goal can feel so unachievable sometimes, it will take me months and months to get to it. I feel disheartened and lose motivation. So I’m gonna set myself a bunch of mini goals to lead up to it. 

Okay so it’s easy enough to write all this shit down, the hard part is sticking to it. Wish me luck! What do you do to help you keep motivated to eat healthy or workout? Any tips to share?
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4 comments

  1. I love this so much! You look so amazing already, but I am cheering for you!
    xx jen
    http://lilthoughtswithjen.com/

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  2. Sounds like a great plan! I try to not eat refined sugar but it's been so difficult over Easter that I need a big dose of willpower to start it up again!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  3. What a plan Laura! Fingers crossed! I am sure you will be able to achieve it all! Love, Iga www.igaberry.com x

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  4. Every year, I’m in the exact same position as you, feeling like I can’t wear a bikini because I don’t want to be judged. I feel like I’m not the right shape to pull off swimwear. Even though we’re now told every shape and size is beautiful, a lot of pressure is put on us to look like a victoria secrets model.

    A few years ago I realised that focusing on the scales isn’t going to get you anywhere, it’s all about how you feel when you look in the mirror and in your clothes. Unfortunately, right now I don’t feel that great and it makes me sad because my body confidence grew so much!

    I think the most important thing is to take your time and understand results don’t happen overnight. You’re doing all the right things by making a plan, for food and fitness, which is exactly what I’m trying to do. If you have a bad day shake it off and stat fresh the next, you can do it!!
    Good luck ☺

    Kim // www.sincerelykimberly.com
    xxx

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