The other day I had a client tell me she was mad at herself because she couldn't make it through a certain workout. I had another one mention how she was just eating cruddy all week. Another felt guilty for missing a few days in a row. WELCOME TO THE CLUB.
I remember when I use to go to the gym and see people there who had the 'perfect' body. I still catch myself scrolling through Instagram and comparing myself to other people. I always end up feeling like crap about myself. Sound familiar?
In the past week I've had multiple people mention how they wish they could be motivated to workout everyday like me. I had someone mention they wish they could eat healthy food like me. I'm flattered but the truth is I'm human.
Yesterday I put myself through a workout I couldn't finish. I've canceled on my running partner twice this week (sorry Kiely!), I ate too much chocolate last night and beat myself up for it. I am human, and so is everyone else you see.
If you think you're alone in having an off day, an off week or heck, an off month, think again. It doesn't mean you're a failure or you have to start from the beginning again, it means you're human. It actually means you are working towards your goals because guess what, that's how a journey works. You have slip ups and off days. You have great days and victories. Its all part of the process.
So, before you beat yourself up and compare yourself to someone else's journey, just remember we are all human. For the most part, we all see the best side of everyone. See a perfect body on Instagram? Maybe it took them 20 pictures to get that certain one! You meet someone who is just crazy happy all the time, I bet they have their off days too.
These past few weeks I've caught myself in a trap of being a little too hard on myself. I've caught myself comparing my journey to people I don't even know. So I decided to take a pledge to be a little more gentle with myself. I hope you join me too.
I want you to remember how unique, beautiful and wonderful you truly are. I want you to remember the effort you've been putting in and how amazing your body really is. Today, I urge you to try being nice to your body. Think about why you're thankful for it opposes to all the things you want to change about it. Our bodies do some amazing things for us and its time we love them back.
My name is Hanna Kuyper and my mission for iamwell comes directly from my past experiences. Read more