So I was able to experience an awesome moment last year in December as I ran my first international run. This race was more than just a run this race solidified accepting ME. In this race I contemplated whether or not I was going to run without my tank top and just a sports bra. This was a big deal because throughout my health and fitness journey I have battled weight, feeling of no self confidence, no self worth and simply the feeling that I was never pretty enough or good enough. So when I decided to take my tank off and exposed my beauty I felt proud. Not just proud of showing my skin but proud that I was accepting my body just the way it is. I was proud that even though I had two beautiful kids and I have the baby marks to show it, it was ME, it was 100% ME. I’m healthy both physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. I am not trying to wear someone else skin, I am okay with my flaws, I am okay with the mistakes I have made, I am okay that I am not a size 0. I am a strong, healthy runner who is living and loving life.
Often times as women we hide from our beauty because we are so afraid of what others may think or say. Or we simply feel like we have to look a certain way in order to be classified as healthy. Healthy is not defined by how skinny you are. Healthy is defined by being in good health, well, in good shape, fit. Healthy is not defined as wearing a certain pant size. This is a common misconception that people have and because of this perception they are afraid to embrace their own skin and body. Now don’t get me wrong I am not saying that you have to show off your skin, your body to look and feel healthy. What I am saying that you should embrace your body especially as it is going through changes and be grateful and happy of who you are and where you have come from.
So Why Imperfectly Perfect?
I know how you feel ladies; that feeling of not being good enough or not looking like a person who is FIT. Not looking like the what is deemed as the average fit person. Some of the feelings that women have experience and what some are experiencing presently. I’ve learned over my journey of life that it is okay to be imperfect, it is okay to not be best at everything or not to look like the America’s Next Top Model, it’s okay to just be ME. I’ve learned that beauty really does lie deep down inside. I have also learned to embrace the flaws that I have and look at the journey that has brought me to the place that I am right now; which is living a healthier lifestyle.
So stop beating yourself down of what YOU should look like and start embracing who you are. Start living a healthier lifestyle because you want to be HEALTHY, you want to be WELL. Not because you want to just be SKINNY. Let’s start embracing who we are and who we have become. Let’s start embracing and celebrating the NEW YOU!!!!