Last week I was reading an interview that Kaisa Larkas did with Muireann Carey-Campbell and one thing that she said spoke so loudly to me that I have been thinking about it ever since:
I work out because I love my body, not because I hate it.
Read it again.
Does that not sound perfect to you?? Did you not just have an “Aha!” moment??
How often do I still hear women say “I have to drag myself to the gym, I still have 2kgs of baby fat to loose. Ugh.” or “This cake looks great, I have to have it – but the Diet will have to start tomorrow!” ?
Think right now:
Do you exercise because you don’t like your body OR do you exercise because you love your body and moving it makes you feel good/strong/happy/healthy?
Do you deprive yourself from all the foods you think taste nice because you don’t like your body OR do you feed your body the best real food there is (even when it’s cake made with real butter, real cream, etc.) because you love your body and eating this way makes you feel good/strong/happy/healthy?
The mindset of deprivation has definitely not worked for me. For years and years I focused on what I should NOT do or eat. These days I think the other way around, I think what I can do to ADD to my life – go for a walk/run/etc., let the kids get messy, go to bed earlier and forget about the ironing :) and eat loads of fresh and REAL food because — eventually the good stuff will crowd out the bad so naturally that you don’t even notice that you don’t want cake all the time.
What do you think?
P.S. The photo is totally random. I took it today and just think it’s cool.