Real talk: I hate this photo of me on the left.
These pictures were taken on the same day, minutes apart, with completely different lighting and angles.
When I first saw this photo, I immediately thought, “how do I edit the shit out of this one?!” And then, I had to take a step back and soothe myself just like I would for one of our members. We do NOT live life in filters✖️ We are NOT defined by one image. I do NOT look toned all the time. I get bloated, retain water, eat things that don’t mix well with my body and consume adventurously especially when traveling. I self-assess, criticize, and over-analyze just like EVERYONE ELSE. And around that time of the month, I have to give myself a little pep talk: “you are going to feel like you look 10 pounds bigger for the next 3 days. It’s cool, this happens every month. You are going to feel like none of your clothes fit and like all your hard work has gone to the shit. Put your big girl pants on, and let’s go, woman!” Then, I move on with life and eventually take off my temporary crap goggles through which I’m viewing everything, body included. The key here is that I course correct. I move on. I don’t let one picture with harsh lighting and less than flattering angles ruin my commitment to my health. I remind myself that I eat and train this way because it FEELS so damn good in my body! I have the energy to support my lifestyle and enjoy what I do! There is no such thing as perfect. There is always someone that I can compare myself to, but why? It doesn’t serve me! My body is completely different than anyone else’s, and even if I wanted to create it to be similar, it never will be. So I can own that no filter look and actually feel empowered to say, sometimes my butt looks like it has dimples, uneven skin tone, and sometimes it doesn’t. Lighting and angles are a bitch, but what is even more of a bitch, is the self-talk that coincides with this.
Lisa shared a great tip today for one of our members: would you talk to your child the same critical way you talk to yourself? Would you judge the crap out of your child or inner child based on one picture? Or would you be patient, kind, and ultimately proud of who you are? Imma chooses the latter. Power to the butt dimples and REAL life #CelluLIT #thegreendoorlife