I remember questioning whether I’d ever be able to let go of the need to sweat or freaking out about holidaying in places without a gym. It started to recognise that my worth was me as a human, not how hard I worked in the gym to control things. To realise this, I had to become aware of what I was doing and decide to do something different. 1. Quit poisoning the opportunity that ‘what if’ creates by finishing it with disbelief. ‘What if ...’ is powerful but in that instant you choose to make it disempowering or empowering. ‘What if I gain weight by shortening my time in the gym?’➡️‘What if I make time for other things by shortening my time in the gym?’ Even if you don’t believe something to be true, yet, it starts with what you’re telling yourself. By repeating the same things and finishing ‘What if’ with *insert how you will fail here* you will continue to believe that. This is hard when you genuinely believe you can’t do something. Start with opening up the possibility for something that COULD be true. 2. Quit delaying. When I decided enough was enough I set goals for myself to start painting and singing lessons in place of exercise. It was too much. Change needs different but it only needs to be 1%. To begin to believe a different ‘what if …’ statement you need some action to back it up. That’s your 1%. That’s you: 1. Sleeping in instead of going to the gym 2. Not making up for training you missed on rest days 3. Listen to the pain in your shoulder instead of pushing through This is how you develop self trust, keep making one percenters, assess the evidence you survived then do it again. 3. Quit thinking you’re alone. That I’m writing this post is a reminder of that. Many humans have felt like you have. There’s also many humans who’ve made exercise mean something different for them: this is possible for you, too. Your experience is your own, but your circumstance is similar to others.
Coming from the girl who was literally obsessed, this is possible for you. Start with your ‘what if’s and take 1% from there.
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