Hey guys, Cayanne here from Healthyezsweet Life. Your favorite, peanut butter lovin', super cute ginger is sharing her spotlight with ME today so I can share some of my best tips to practicing self-love and more specifically, not letting belly bloat keep you from feeling as beautiful as you are.
I like to consider myself a self-love superstar, and over at Healthyezsweet Life. You'll find me blogging about body positivity, recovery, and intuitive eating. So before you read on, I'm going to ask you to do something. Are you ready? Ask you scroll through this post I want you to keep this concept in the back of your mind: variance. AKA malleability, the state of being ever-changing. On that note, let's get into it!
Not your typical #transformation photo, am I right? Would you believe me if I told you that these photos were taken the same day, only about 6 hours apart? The first was right after my Blogilates workout at about 11am (rocking that POPFLEX Activewear aw yea!) and the second was right before dinner. Yes, *before dinner. Which means no, it's not a food baby. I'm not full. Just bloated! There was a time in my life when I'd be ashamed to post the photo on the right, refuse to even look at my belly in the mirror when it wasn't lean. But practicing self-love has taught me a few things about my belly.
1. Who I am is unchanged by the form my tummy chooses to take - be toned up or blown out.
2. A picture is worth a thousand forms, variance! The flexed and ab-y me on the left is no more "me" than the one depicted on the right. Both are true representations of me. Therefore, both are beautiful, natural and worth celebrating.
3. Bodies are always changing. Last week I made a YouTube video all about body image and learning to lead with self-love. And the main theme of that video is that you wake up one morning feeling hot. A couple hours later you may look in the mirror and feel not-so hot. Good news is this cycle will repeat. In a couple more hours, maybe tomorrow you'll feel fab again and did anything really change? Only your perspective. It's all relative and nothing is permanent when it comes to bodies and bellies.
I Know It Isn't Easy
Learning to block out the images and subtle messages we're bombarded with daily about certain ideals of beauty, sexy, and perfection takes constant effort. That's why whenever people reach out to me, my response is always "thank you for letting me be part of your journey". Because that's what self-love is: a journey. The good news here? You've got your whole life to figure it out. To make this journey yours and make yourself proud of every form your body and belly takes.
Before we say goodbye, I'm going to leave you with my 7 surefire steps to finding that self-love and keeping it close:
1. Eliminate calorie counting from your routine - practice trusting your body to tell you what it craves, what it needs, and how much
2. Enjoy treats! If you're someone who has developed certain "fear foods", work on incorporating them back into your life one at a time
3. Select a person as your "go to" and call them whenever you start to feel less than and need to be reminded you're enough
4. Accept that a flat stomach and tiny features are not what make you memorable or lovable
5. Remember that spontaneity is part of life
6. Recognize that there's no such thing as perfect
7. Repeat every day: self-love is not a straight path. It's a messy and sometimes painful, but ultimately, so peaceful and worth every step
So glad I got to hangout with you guys today and I'm so excited to share more self-love strategies, body image boosting techniques and recovery wins with you over at Healthyezsweet Life. When you stop by, drop me a comment saying xogingy sent you and I'll have something extra special lined up for you!