I have a wonderful post to share for you from Tina Reale who blogs over at Best Body Fitness.
I started reading her blog a few months ago when she was at Faith, Fitness, Fun and I fell in love with her writing. She is so open and honest about her life and struggles. I strive to convey that sort of honesty in my writing but often I fall short.
I asked her to write a post for Love Yourself February (first post here) because she knows first hand what it’s like to achieve the “dream body”, only to realize it is not worth it.
Please enjoy her story!
The “dream” physique.
We can find it on magazine shelves…on that woman we envy at the gym…on that one blog…all over our pin boards on Pinterest. What does it feel like to achieve it, though? Does it, in fact, feel like a dream? I’m here to tell you that NO…it does not.
How can I say that? Well, about eight years ago I fell in love with Oxygen Magazine. I found the principles of clean eating and exercise so exciting that I dove into them head first. What started as a healthy practice, eventually became an obsession with restriction too much to bear.
This time, I began training for a fitness competition with a coach. In my mind, it meant safely and justifiably reaching towards this illusive body. Did it work? Let’s just say I lost weight but couldn’t compete thanks to passing out all the time with no warning. After realizing I could not physically compete, I immediately swing back to binge eating and gained 30 pounds in 2 months. That’s healthy, right? Ummm…no.
I also had no time…no energy…no LIFE!
I didn’t have the energy to play with my daughter because I had to fit in the twice daily workouts. I didn’t have the desire to go out with friends because it sparked anxiety with how it would fit my meal plan. I didn’t have the confidence I expected to have because I could always think of ways to improve more, more, more. I didn’t have love or patience with my husband, family, and friends because I was moody, emotional, cranky, and hungry.
I was farther from living a “dream” with my “dream physique” than I was before the competition when I simply hoped to live with balance and health.
Tina Reale is a NASM certified personal trainer who loves to share her story and help others achieve healthier, happier lives. Feel free to stop by Best Body Fitness, where Tina offers fitness tips, affordable online training programs, motivational topics, and good fun!
Friends I urge you to take these words to heart! They are from someone who has been in that “perfect” body you long for. Stop striving for perfection and start loving yourself. Please take the 21 day challenge. 21 days of loving yourself. Mark your calendar, write it on your mirror. 21 days of loving who you are right now..even if you don’t have your “dream” body.
Will you take the challenge?
Can you relate to striving for the “perfect” body? Have you overcome that notion, or are you still struggling?
(If you have a story you would like to share, or have already posted one, let me know! You can e-mail me at semihealthnut AT yahoo DOT com. I may have a post this month with links of other bloggers’ success stories.)