Exercising intensely and depriving yourself so that one day soon, you can stop disliking your body so much?
Sometimes, how we look at something makes the difference, so can we start again?..
If you want to make changes to improve your health, then think about starting by making a deal with your own body.
1 Exercise because you love your body and you want to make it as healthy, strong and fit as it can be.
2 Stop being horrible to yourself when you look in the mirror. Your health is not always reflected by your size. Think about how much that body of yours has been through and give yourself a pat on the back for those things before you try to make changes for better health.
3 Don’t dwell on numbers on scales. You are worth much more than that. Start to track your journey to better health by how you are feeling, your energy levels, your nutrition, your exercise routine. If you are trying to lose weight then judge how your clothes feel rather than watch the scales constantly.
4 Find exercise that you enjoy and that makes you feel good about yourself. Set yourself a challenge or try something new. Be honest with yourself if you try something and don’t enjoy it. Give new things a fair trial but if you aren't feeling it, then move on and try something else.
5 Eat foods that make you strong and that your body understands. Take overly processed food out of your diet where possible and stop confusing your digestive system.
6 Take your time. You are making positive changes to better health and if you didn't the time would just pass anyway so take your time – there is no mad rush to get there. Better health is a long journey – you’ll learn new things along the way.
7 Treat your body well – listen to it, fuel it, challenge it, rest it and repeat.
If you want to make some changes, believe that you can, get started and the changes will slowly start to happen.