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I really cannot stress enough how much taking a break from forced exercise can free your mind!
By forced exercise I’m referring to exercising solely for the point of losing weight and never actually wanting to exercise but forcing yourself to anyways.
I forced myself to exercise for years, and only because I wanted to lose weight. Not for health reasons or because I felt like it, just because of fitspiration and the promise of being skinny.
My dietitian told me years ago that I should think about taking a break from exercising since I didn’t have a healthy view of it. She said that if I took a break, I might actually want to exercise at some point.
Well, I finally took her advice and took a (somewhat long) break, and now I have started to get active on my own, just because I feel like it. It may not sound crazy to some, but I literally can’t remember experiencing this before.
If you are stuck in the cycle of forcing yourself to exercise, I highly recommend taking a break. I really think (and hope) that you will form a much healthier relationship with exercise, and will feel more comfortable with yourself overall!
i’m a strong believer that not everything you do needs an explanation. if you want a tattoo, get one. if you rather stay home that night, it’s okay to miss that party. don’t forget that you’re living for yourself. you don’t owe anyone an explanation for your choices or preferences.
“You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will look back in a few years and be absolutely perplexed and awed by how every little thing added up and brought you somewhere wonderful - or where you always wanted to be. You will be grateful that things didn’t work out the way you once wanted them to.”—t-sukix.tumblr.com/ (via t-sukix)
Worrying about what we eat is 80% of what causes the urges to binge to arise. Magazines and the media tell us to skip dessert and don't eat that extra serving so often that we begin to accept it as the 'right thing to do'. Maybe this advice is good for some people, but for those if us who have had a history of disordered eating, we take it too literally and we get into trouble. It feels as though eating one extra serving or dessert will immediately cause bloating, a 10 pound weight gain and reverse all our hard work when in reality, your weight only changes according to what you do in the long, long term. I propose the anti-dieting approach, don't let yourself feel bad if you ate an extra serving because you were still hungry or the meal was just that good, don't let the thoughts telling you you will definitely gain weight from this, you're useless, a failure, consume you, be proud because you satisfied your body like no diet rule ever will. If you're satisfied physically and psychologically, you won't binge and that's whats important.
When I have kids I never want them to grow up hating their bodies. I will never talk about hating my body, counting calories, go on crazy diets, shame them for eating certain foods, or have a scale in my house. I will never talk negatively about the way I look. I want to show them that I love myself, so they can grow up loving themselves too.
This is stupid in a lot of ways
You are stupid in a lot of ways
I LOVE this post and it is not stupid in any way.
I’ve noticed that many people think that if you don’t talk about dieting and losing weight with children that they will automatically be unhealthy. However, children are known to be natural intuitive eaters and they can continue to be if you let them. I grew up as one of the kids who had dieting and “healthy eating” in my head and that led to an eating disorder, forceful and unhealthy exercising, and my weight yo-yoing every year. This is not healthy and this is also not an uncommon scenario, unfortunately..
I hope that if we promote body positivity and mindful eating with children, they will get the chance to actually love themselves and have a healthy relationship with food. It’s never guaranteed, especially because they will have influence from their peers and the media and who knows where else, but I hope we can at least show them through our own mindset that they can love their bodies.
I always tell my friends who are struggling that it really does get better, but I always feel like they don’t believe me. I want to send a message. Please reblog this if you’ve been in a tough spot, you’ve gotten through it and things are better now.