love-or-hateIt’s that time of year when people will start thinking about having to shed the extra layers of clothing that have kept them warm, and conveniently covered, all winter long.  We will start seeing the sweaty gym posts, the water bottles and green smoothies, along with charts, challenges, and scales. Being physically fit is awesome, but what is the motivation – Hate or Love?

So many people think their lives will magically get better once they get to a certain size, yet I know many who have gotten to their goal weight and still feel miserable. You see because if you don’t have a healthy self image, there will invariably be something to hate about yourself.  Perfection is elusive, and there will always be someone more [fill in the blank] than you.

When you look in the mirror, do you love who you see? Notice I didn’t say “what”, I said who.  The person that looks back at you from that mirror longs for love, and if you are not giving it to yourself, no amount of love from anyone else will satisfy you.  You can lose the weight, gain the muscle, tighten it all up, and become the fittest person you know – but if you don’t love yourself it will never be enough.

The opposite is true as well.  Many have completely given up on their health because no matter how hard they’ve tried in the past, they just haven’t been able to reach that fitness nirvana. Why keep trying when my body just doesn’t seem to respond?  Is it about what your body looks like, or is it about the overall benefits that come from taking good care of yourself?  Don’t allow your neighbor, media, or some graph to define what fruitfulness looks like to you.

This Spring, my friends, workout, eat right, sweat your butt off, and eat organic celery!  Do it because you LOVE yourself, not because you HATE what you see.  Do it because you know that a healthy lifestyle is the best gift you can give to those who love you.  Do it for your total life well being. This Spring, my friends, be well.

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