It’s hot out. Not just hot though. It’s walk outside and feel like you’re suffocating in a wet paper towel hot outside. I love the sun, I love summer workouts, and I love a good afternoon on a lake. But friends, I do not love this.
All I want to do is stay in my house and not wear pants. But since I have a big girl job, people to train and classes to teach, I have to leave the house. And because society deems it socially unacceptable to run around without pants on, I have to wear clothes. Wah wahhhhh.
Luckily, my office is icy cold, so while the rest of the building errs on the side of balmy, I hunker down at my desk in my Adidas fleece (with the thumb holes so my phalanges don’t freeze) and Columbia yoga pants.
But then I came home, and I had an intense strength workout to complete at the gym. So I busted out my pair of compression shorts…the short ones that I swore I wouldn’t wear out of the house.
Normally when I wear shorts (especially short ones!), I critique. I spot the imperfections…the meteor shower that seemingly attacked my rear end the night before, or the scar on my thigh that looks like a cellulite ditch that will never go away. But tonight was different. I was just too $#%! hot to care. And something magical happened.
When I was at the squat rack, I noticed my quad muscles defined on every rep…I didn’t take note of how much (or little) space was in between my thighs. When I did my cardio bursts, I felt and looked powerful. I didn’t focus on if my thighs were jiggling while I slalomed…but I sure did notice that my legs looked strong. I didn’t once turn around in the mirror and see what was going on with my @#% (and I still don’t care to know) however, I survived…and I did it with confidence.
I gave my body mercy. I praised myself for the good, and I brushed off (what I deemed) the “bad”…and let me tell you, showing my body grace and praising it for what it did for me felt a heck of a lot better than scrutinizing every flaw, dimple and scar.
This week, I challenge you to thank your body. Focus on the amazing system it is. Nourish your body with fuel and energy to sustain your workouts. Get comfortable in your skin, because you’re stuck with it for life. That doesn’t mean you can’t change, reshape, and mold your body while obtaining a realistic goal, but you are you. Magnificent you. Focus on the positive, and push aside the negative. Let the inner strong you squash the insecure you. You will be happier, more productive, and confident.