I’ve said from the beginning that this challenge is about MORE than the size and shape of your body.
While it’s great to set physical goals and work on our physical bodies, it’s just as important to work on our mental health.
In fact, if you really want to see changes in your life and health it’s best to work from the inside out.
It takes more than exercise to attain that beautiful, confident, summer glow.
“I’m so fat.”
“I hate my thighs.”
“My butt is too big.
“I’m not strong enough.”
“I’m too old.”
“I’m too big to wear that.”
“I’m so gross.”
Do any of these statements sound familiar?
At first, they may seem harsh, but for many women these thoughts occur every day and we don’t even really notice. It’s just become the norm.
If you’re stuck in a pattern of repeating unhealthy internal conversations throughout the day, you’re never going to be happy with the way you look. No matter how much weight you lose or how much muscle you gain.
If self-criticism is your norm, you will always find something you want to change even when you reach the goals you set out to accomplish in the first place. There will always be something left to criticize…
I used to beat myself up SO much. And you know what? It wasn’t until I started working on the inside that I started to see changes on the outside. It’s something that I’m still very aware of and pay attention to on a daily basis.
So today, and for the rest of the month, I challenge you to change the conversation.
Every time you’re tempted to speak negatively about yourself or your body, pause, and replace it with a positive.
Will it feel cheesy? Yes. Will it feel forced? Yes. But it will work. Over time, you will change your habits and change your beliefs.
Attaining a positive self-image will translate to positive changes in your life.
So will you join me? If so, answer with a YES in the comments. 🙂
TODAY’S CHECK-IN: In honor of our goal to create positive change from the inside out, show me something that motivates you to be a strong, confident woman.
Maybe it’s your child, a friend, an old photo…there’s no right or wrong answer. Be creative and have fun! Don’t forget to hashtag #PilatesSummerSeries and search it to see what your PSS sisters are up to throughout the week. 🙂
I’ll see you back here tomorrow for our very first GUEST INSTRUCTOR! You are going to love her.
PS – Friday will be the LAST DAY to upgrade and maximize your results. For just $27 you’ll receive a new 20 minute, full body workout EVERY Friday through the end of the month (3 total). You’ll get to download these workouts and keep them forever. You’ll also receive goal setting worksheets + a Summer Vision Guide to help you really embrace this month of positive change.
10% of all proceeds are donated to Women For Women International.
disclaimer: these videos were created for individuals in good health. Robin recommends that you speak with your doctor prior to beginning a new exercise routine. By doing this video you do so at your own risk and agree to release Robin Long and The Balanced Life of any and all liability. Clothing generously provided by Athleta.