Sorry, Not Sorry
It has been awhile since I’ve written a Mindful Monday (February ’16 to be exact, yikes!), so here’s me trying to put words on the paper (computer) and give you some food for thought. I’ve followed the fitness-guru Jen Sinkler for a while now and one thing that she always promotes is being Unapologetically Strong and Powerful. That rings in my ear anytime I doubt what I’m doing for my nutrition, fitness and overall health.
Be Unapologetically YOU in all that you do.
I’ve been in the food and nutrition world for a few years now, and I’ve seen fad diets come and go, certain foods banished, and then re-instated, and fitness crazes right and left. However, while those things come and go, what I continue to see is people having to defend themselves for who they are and how they go about their health journey, or worse, hide behind it.
Enough is enough.
Stop apologizing for your health preferences. If you want to eat meat, great, if it makes you feel terrible, don’t eat it. If you love yoga but feel pressured to do crossfit, do what works for YOU. And stop apologizing for it! If you want to eat a slice of pizza, EAT IT.
Need a rest day? Take a gosh-darn rest day (and then tag @restdaybrags on social). And you know what? If you want to lift a lighter weight today than is prescribed, then lift that lighter weight.
This does not mean that you get to sandbag, let yourself go or give up on your health/fitness, it simply means that you have the power to focus on you and stop apologizing for who you are, where you are on your health journey and for what your body needs right now.
So remember this…
You do not owe it to anyone to explain why you eat the way you do. Why you workout in the capacity or form that you choose. You do not need to justify and you do not need to defend. Most importantly you do not need to apologize for doing what works best for you.
And on the same token, take a look in the mirror and make sure you, too, are not making others feel like they have to defend what they do and why.
That being said, if you struggle with the way you eat, think about food or workout, seek help, it’s okay to ask a professional if what you are doing is right for you. They can help guide you in a non-judgemental manner.
Let’s hear it, what are you unapologetic about when it comes to your health & fitness?