I have been dealing with some self-esteem issues lately, but I came to a realization while in the sauna at the gym (workout below.) I realized that my own negative thoughts about myself are the source of my body-image woes. I also realized that there is message sent to all women by the media, and that is that every woman should be constantly "improving" herself - tightening skin, toning muscle, tanning, manicuring, moisturizing...it's never-ending. And then I got it. That's how the beauty industry makes money, by convincing women that it is "weird" to be content and proud of their bodies. I love a manicure, I have an addiction to lotion, I adore working out...but I enjoy those things because they feel good to me. And I have decided that I am going to learn to appreciate my body. I am starting by doing and eating things that make me feel good.
The yummy food above is a raw breakfast I had the other day - Medjool dates (a Costco find), as well as a bowl consisting of 1/2 a grapefruit, pomegranate seeds, part of a banana & some pistachios. Defintely a colorful and filling morning meal.
In addition to embracing good food, I am also continuing my regular exercises...
20 min. stair climber 20 min. indoor rowing 20 min. weights (arms) 10 min. cool down/stretch 10 min. sauna
Hopefully, I will continue to feel better and have a brigher perspective overall. What do you do you lift your mood?