After I finished my 90-Day Devotion Challenge, my intention was to start a 90-Day Health and Fitness Challenge. Well, that never happened. I kind of knew it was set up to fail because I had resistance to even writing out my commitment. I started exercising and eating better for one whole week. Then came the excuses of why I didn’t have time to exercise and why I deserved to indulge in some of my guilty food pleasures. This pattern was typical for me. I knew it wasn’t going to work because I had slipped back into what I’ve always done.
I was hesitant to even announce that I was starting the Health and Fitness Challenge because I really wanted it to stick this time. I didn’t just want to go on some diet or lose a few pounds one month, just to gain them back the next. I really wanted to get a handle on a new and healthier lifestyle. In my mind this was a huge task for me, something I have yet to conquer and have been struggling with all my life. So I knew if I announced it I had to stick to it, but I also knew my heart just wasn’t in it.
When you do things out of love instead of obligation they tend to have a lasting effect.
This past week I’ve gained a new perspective on becoming healthier – immersing myself in self-love from the inside out. Previously my definition of self-love was limited. Most of my attention has been on accepting my character flaws, forgiving myself for past and current mistakes, and changing my inner critical voice to words of empowerment and love. While all of those things are important and necessary for healthy well-being, that is not the extent of it. Although I knew healthier living was a lifestyle I was supposed to adapt, I didn’t know how to break the cycle of failure that I always found myself in, so there was no passion for me to be able to conquer it.
But recently I’ve had some revelations. One is that I really need to take the time to educate myself on health and nutrition. I’ve never really done that before. It came to my attention that I’m finally learning to master my mind and emotions because I’ve taken the time to study personal and spiritual development. If I would give the same consideration to health and nutrition, I could finally reap long lasting benefits. So it’s time for me to get out of denial of what I think I know about healthy food and habits, and really open my mind to learning more about nutrition so that I can properly take care of my body.
The second major revelation was that I need to show my body the same love and affection I’ve been giving my inner-self. When I spoke of unconditional love and acceptance, I always focused more on my character flaws than physical. It’s easier to forgive things you don’t see when you look in the mirror everyday. So now I am making a conscious effort to put the same amount of love, attention, care and focus into my physical being that I’ve been giving to my inner being, so I can experience a full circle of lasting self-love. I also see that this has been a process and I needed to focus on the inside first so I could build a strong foundation that is now ready to blossom and be put on display.
So with this realization my 90-Day “Love Me” Challenge has been born. It officially starts on March 1st. Ever since this idea popped into my head, I’ve been so excited that I’ve already started! I just love the idea of doing things everyday and every week to show myself how much I love me. Being healthy is my ultimate goal and that is truly an expression of appreciation to your body. So my commitment during this challenge is going to be more than just health and fitness, it is going to be a series of loving gestures that I show myself throughout the days and weeks. My goal is to create self-loving habits in my everyday routine, eating, and lifestyle choices – treasuring my physical body as well as my inner being.
Here are some of my new “Love Me” Gestures:
- Healthier food choices
- Portion control
- Exercising at least 3 times a week (fun exercises of course)
- Weekly pampering
- Writing out my bliss moments of the day
- Documenting the things I’m proud of myself for
- Listing the things I love about myself (physically, mentally, everything)
- Doing more “I love me” mirror work
- Focusing more loving and caring energies into my body throughout the day
- Speaking self-love and health affirmations over my life everyday
I am going to be writing out my full commitment statement and sending it to my friends (aka accountability partners) by March 1st. I invite you to join me! Everyone can add more self-love into their daily routine. And it’s already been so much fun that I’m excited to do more!
All I had to do was change my mindset and find my passion for it and now I’m on my way. Anytime I start falling off, I just have to remind myself to step up the love and I will remember the good feelings I want to have.
To get tips on how to successfully complete your own challenge check out: Update on My 90-Day Devotion Challenge
Share your thoughts in the comments: What are some of your favorite ways to show more love to your inner and physical being?
Peace, Love, & More Self-Love,