I read this post HERE yesterday from Simply Sami - Haley from FourFitSisters.com guest posted for her while she moves into her new house... and it got my mind wandering. First off, Haley is from around St. Louis and her and her sisters are amazing... They are fit, gorgeous, and genuinely kind. I feel like I know them already, yet we still haven't met up... *cough, cough - meet up soon*.
Haley's post hit on "what we perceive as strong and fit" and I believe it is about time I dive into my true feelings. I tend to stay neutral on many topics... but YES... I am going there. I am on Pinterest and see what pins people post as "motivating" and, being honest, I roll my eyes A LOT. I am a FIRM believer in using photos/quotes to keep you motivated and give you a "goal" to reach, BUT sometimes I just.don't.get.it?
Everyone's perception of strong, healthy, beautiful, etc... is different and I get that - but being realistic is important to me as well. When I have a goal I am trying to reach I want to REALISTICALLY reach that goal - because, the person I am feels defeated if I don't attain it. This is just me and I KNOW me, so I try to keep my goals attainable. You all know the pics I am referring to - YES you can GET there but in a month... I just don't know?
Long soapbox short... I have come to realize that my perception of beauty is not about comparing myself to the photos. I want to FEEL strong, healthy, beautiful, etc... There is NOTHING better to me than waking up, looking in the mirror, and feeling STRONG... Comparison makes me feel defeated and I want to be done with that. I just need to remind myself each day that I AM STRONG, HEALTHY, HAPPY - I want to just be ME... I want to be active with my kids, run my face off, squat like no other, plank like a mother, laugh with everyone, try new exercises, build up my endurance, and wake up happy each day.
Will toned arms, a nice tush, great legs make me happy? SURE... but feeling STRONG and HAPPY, regardless, is what I strive for.
Your thoughts on perception? What is a goal you are striving for this month/year?