What's the first thing you do when you pass in front of a mirror? Run the other way? Close your eyes? Or move in closer to look at your pores, untamed eyebrows, frizzy hair, how that bra makes your boobs look weird, your belly,...
No matter who we are, we always find something "wrong" with our appearance, but why?
Why do we believe that we are the ones looking "wrong"?
Do we really want to look like everyone else?
I am thinking of an episode of Sex And the City (my fave!!), where there ladies are all in Carrie's appartement, looking at magz, and saying which body part of theirs that they hated..
Can you relate? Raise your hand!
Magazines tend to have that effect on me. I used to want to work in the fashion industry, so can you imagine the amount of magz I was looking at ?!?!?
I wanted what THEY had..I wanted to be skinny! See, I was a teen in the 90's, you know when heroin chic was in..not Kim K's booty!
I spent years hating that my body couldn't achieve THAT. I read somewhere that only 1 in 8 women could be this skinny (some made up fact, I'm sure) and wanted to prove them wrong. I could do it too..I WOULD do it too.
But, I never had the willpower to actually go through with my plan. I felt weak, mentally. I read all the magz looking for tips and tricks on how to get skinnier. I was obsessed. I was living with an eating disorder and didn't even know it. I thought, it's not a disorder, I have everything under control.
Getting pregnant saved my life. At that point, I couldn't be selfish anymore, I had a human to grow.
I quickly turned to books and classes and everything that I could put my hands on that would teach me about health & fitness. I knew that I had been living a self-hatred life and wanted to change that.
Fast forward 10 years, I have added a daughter to this mix. I no longer obsess over food and exercise, and do all that I can to take good care of my body. Balance plays a very important role in my life!
But now, my mission has taken on a whole other level..I don't want my daughter to go through what I went through. I want to teach her about nutrition, physical activity and self-love until it comes out of her ears. LOL
The same goes for you. I want to teach this to you as well..and yes, until it comes out of your ears too.
Of course, I know that it's an ongoing battle, it's an everyday decision that you must make. Every morning, you have to make the decision to take good care of yourself because you love yourself SO MUCH.
It's a long journey from self-hatred to self-love, but it can be achieved. I'm standing here in front of you, telling you that if I can do it, you can do it too!
Join me on July 5th for the Begin Your Journey to Health 5-day challenge.
This is going to be a health challenge like you've never seen before! No workouts, no meal plans, no restrictions. That shit doesn't work anyway.
Are you ready to try something new with me?
Sign up here: www.nadiacastonguay.com/journey-challenge
See you on the other side!
The Joy is in the Journey, my friend!