I’m sure at some point or another, you’ve come across a magazine cover shouting at you,
“Drop 10 lbs now with this new awesome pill”, “Zap belly fat with this hot new diet” or “Get the best body with this perfect workout”.
Guess what? There’s no perfect workout, no perfect way of eating and no get-the-perfect-body-now quick fix. Yet we’re constantly being told that what we need to do is get even stricter with our diet, and workout more.
While I do believe that eating natural and delicious food and moving your body everyday is essential to your health, there’s one key ingredient missing here.
I don’t care what you’re eating, and what kind of workouts you’re doing. If you’re in a constant fight with your body and making food the enemy, nothing is going to work.
So what if you could stop all the craziness and decide to love your body NOW?
I don’t care if you think you have a muffin top, love handles, too big of a butt, too small of a butt or cellulite. (News Flash! We all have cellulite.) Accepting and loving yourself now, is they only way to actually reaching your goals and creating your ideal body that you love.
I know it’s not easy. This is something I’ve struggled with for years too. Be we can decide to take small steps everyday to stop fighting with our bodies, and start loving them.
Here are my favorite ways to end the craziness and start loving yourself.
1. Wear fabulous underwear.
I don’t care if the only person seeing them is you. Wearing beautiful underwear makes you feel confident and sexy. Ladies, please get rid of all your granny panties. And fellas, if your underwear has holes in them, same goes for you.
2. Enjoy delicious food.
No more counting calories, measuring portions and obsessing over food labels. Nourish your body healthy and delicious foods you actually like. And when you do splurge, enjoy it.
3. Move your body every day.
Not because you “have to”, but because you feel awesome and energized when you do. Now, I do love a high intensity workout. I love the rush and the energy I get from it. But going for a walk is just as beneficial too. Studies show that walking may ward off depression and anxiety. Going for a walk mid day can improve your mood, even on the crappiest of days.
4. Practice self care
Get a massage, cook an amazing meal for yourself, or get a facial or manicure simply because it makes you feel beautiful.
5. Get it on.
During sex your body produces a hormone called DHEA. This hormone can boost the immune system and gives your skin that healthy glow. Plus, studies show that people who have more sex, respond better to stress and are much happier.
6. Have fun
This is probably the most important step. Take up that hobby you loved as a kid. Signup for that class you’ve been meaning to try. Or simply have a glass of wine on a terrace with a few of your friends (one glass, not 5!). Take your mom out on a date. Whatever it is, get out and do more of what you love.
In the comments below, I’d love for you to share what step you are going to take to start loving your body now.