A few weeks ago I shared with you how I was inspired by Special K’s new #OwnIt campaign to start being nicer to myself. That I was going to honour my body and #OwnIt instead of punishing it when things didn’t go the way I wanted, and I wanted you to do the same.
Today I’m back to share what changes I’ve made, and how I #OwnIt.
97% of women have an, “I hate my body,” moment every single day.
Are you one of them? Statistics tell me you probably are. And it doesn’t have to be just hating something about the way you look. More time than not the things I hate about my body are internal things – things you can’t see, but I can feel and have to deal with on a daily basis. I’ve got a whole host of “stupid” body parts I can hate on without ever needing to look in the mirror. My stupid lung, digestive system, hormone levels, and fibromyalgia to name a few. But what good does hating on these things really do? I’ll tell you, it is as good as hating the way your arms look, the size of your chest, or the circumference of your stomach – no good at all.
So while I think the #1 purpose of the #OwnIt campaign is to learn to love yourself on the outside, I’m taking it a little bit further and trying hard to love my inside as well.
How do I do that? By making sure I am doing what I need to do to take care of myself. I’ve been really lax about taking vitamins this year, so I went out and bought some gummy vitamins (because I knew I wouldn’t forget to take my vitamins if they reminded me of candy!), and have started having smoothies regularly again.
And while I try to always make time for breakfast, there are days when I just don’t feel like making it before heading out the door. When those days happen I am happy to have products like Special K’s Protein Morning Shake to grab on my way out the door. That way I can make sure I’m still getting the protein I need to start the day without holding me up or making me late for my first class.
It can be easy to say, “I don’t have time for breakfast,” but we can all keep things like this on hand for those grab and go moments. As someone who doesn’t usually like protein shakes, these are really good! They aren’t chalky like others I’ve tried, and remind me of the instant breakfast drinks I had as a kid.
Last week when I could feel I was coming down with something I cancelled two classes to allow myself more time to rest – something I would not have done in the past. I still ended up with a chest cold, but who knows how much worse it would have been if I hadn’t allowed myself that extra rest? Being a fitness instructor can be hard on the ole body, and one thing I’ve learned is when my body screams at me that it needs rest, I better listen to it.
I’m also really trying to see the good – no the amazing – things in everyday life. Like this photo that recently surfaced from my half marathon. It’s a shot of me in the last probably 10 meters of my race.
The first time I saw it I started right in pulling every piece of it apart, as we women generally do. But now when I look at it I can’t help but think how good I look for someone who has run 21 kilometres! I don’t look like I’m dying, I’m clearly still running, and I *almost* have a smile on my face. That is pretty freaking fantastic. Not only that, but I got my own personal pace bunny to take me to the end! Now when I see this picture I feel proud. Proud that I was able to run a sub 2:30 half marathon with (once again) very little training, and I did so uninjured and happy.
Now I can look at it and feel nothing but pride.
It’s easy to tear apart the way you look. We look at ourselves through a magnifying glass, while the rest of the world looks at us through a portrait. We see only the worst, they see only the wonderful.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see yourself through someone else’s eyes?
Why not start?
Stop shunning the camera away when people want to take your photo. 40 years from now you’ll wish you had more pictures of yourself with your family and friends, not less.
The next time you achieve a goal in life, celebrate buy buying yourself a new piece of clothing, jewellery, or something else you can enjoy for a long time – instead of a celebration meal that is gone almost as soon as it starts and may very well leave you feeling sick and gross.
the Pur Minerals palette I bought to celebrate winning my DietBet game
When someone gives you a compliment respond with, “thank you,” instead of trying to downplay it or shrug it off. And then pass it on – you got a compliment so give one to someone else!
And instead of focusing on the parts of your body you hate, why not give them a little extra love? You can’t overcome hate with hate. You overcome hate with love. The sooner you start to embrace those “jiggly bits” as Bridget Jones would say, the sooner you will truly begin to #OwnIt all – the good and the not so good, the sooner we as a population can take that statistic from 97%, down to 0.
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Special K wants to help one of you #OwnIt by giving you a Special K gift basket valued at $150!
To enter: Comment below to share what you do or will do to ditch your doubt and #OwnIt!
Giveaway is open or residents of Canada only. Giveaway ends at 12:01am ET Sunday, November 8th, 2015. Winner will be chosen via
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Updated to add:
The giveaway has now closed and a winner has been chosen. The winner is comment number 7!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Special K’s #OwnIt Campaign, for which I am an ambassador. All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.