I have to admit: I love before-and-after pictures off all kinds. Home renovations, furniture restorations, even makeup transformations — you name it, chances are I love looking at it.
Except when it comes to before-and-after pictures of our bodies. I’m a bit on the fence about those.
On the one hand, it’s inspiring to see someone get in great shape; it can make you feel like you, too, have the power to be your fittest self (not to mention, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside for the person who’s succeeding his or her goals).
On the other hand, it could make you feel as if you’re not measuring up.
If this person can look this way after this period of time, why can’t I?
Wait, what? How to stop feeling guilty over others’ accomplishments?
Aren’t we more commonly jealous, envious, or resentful over other people’s success?
Maybe. However, when we see others succeeding while we’re NOT succeeding, we feel a little guilty, too — especially if we feel there’s something we can do about it. After all, if that person makes the time, energy, and determination to accomplish their goals, well…why aren’t we?
Well, there is something we can do about it, but we have to get rid of the guilt, first.
Happy Monday, Your Body, Your Mind readers!
Today (October 15, 2012) is Blog Action Day 2012!
(If you’re not familiar with Blog Action Day, it’s an event that “brings together bloggers from different countries, interests, and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day.” You can learn more at www.blogactionday.org, as well as keep up with the Blog Action Day 2012 live coverage feed.)
Because this year’s Blog Action Day theme is “Power of We,” I thought Your Body, Your Mind had to get involved.
After all, when it comes to eating well, exercising, and all those other outside factors that help our insides, it’s easier when you have some help!
So, for Blog Action Day 2012, I decided to talk about how the Power of We applies to adopting a healthier lifestyle; namely, how getting other people involved helps!
The best fitness advice I’ve received was: Only do what you can imagine yourself doing every day from now on.
Keep this is mind and you’ll look at all your future diet and exercise plans in an entirely different light.
Because every plan you make from now on will be based on lifestyle changes rather than losing 10 pounds in a week.
Lifestyle changes bring and maintain real results; crash diets and extreme exercise plans might help you drop a few pounds by Saturday, but if it’s not something you can keep up, you’ll be right back in the same situation by next week.
Plus, chances are you’ll feel like you “failed” at reaching or maintaining whatever goal you set for yourself – a feeling that is damaging to your psyche and future success at reaching healthy goals.
So, every time I think about adding to – or taking away from – my current fitness regimen, I ask myself whether it’s something I think I can keep up. If so, great. If not, is it something that will benefit me only temporarily and am I okay with that?
What’s the best fitness advice you’ve ever received?
Earlier this week I talked about releasing guilt and harnessing the power of tomorrow.
You know the kind of guilt I’m talking about, too.
You’re trying to eat healthier foods to boost your energy and you make a midnight run to McDonald’s. You’re doing pretty well at your new daily jogging routine but you miss a day due to work, but then another due to being a little sore, and then another because, well, you really should use the extra time to reorganize your closet instead…
You get the idea. You’re make a mistake here and there, and suddenly you’re so overcome with guilt and shame that you start to think there’s no point in going forward with what you’ve started because, hey – you’ve already ruined it, right?