Very often in fitness journeys people find themselves getting wrapped up thinking solely about the results. According to the National Library of Medicine 91% of women report dissatisfaction with their body at some point in their life. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, in the middle of a pre or postpartum journey, or simply getting back into a groove, the focus needs to be more about the process. At The Sculpt Society we believe a fitness journey is about enjoying movement, feeling strong in your body and committing to showing up. It's counterintuitive, but challenge yourself to switch the conversation in your head. Have more fun with your movement practice the results will follow. Below are some of our favorite ways we like to shift our mindset to build self confidence within our fitness journey.
Speak to yourself like your best friend. Call yourself out when you're speaking negatively or thinking negative thoughts. While it might not be easy or instinctive at first, it’s important to catch yourself in those moments and alter the conversation. When you find yourself in that space of negativity, consider reciting positive affirmations. Yes, it does sound cheesy, but eventually your mind will adapt to this way of thinking and you will find yourself slowly building up that confidence and no longer reaching for the negative thoughts first. The power of repetition is real and you will see the difference in your daily life the more you practice the power of positive thought. Here are some of our favorite affirmations:
I am enough
I choose to be kind to myself
I am grateful to be the person that I am
I honor my life
I am filled with focus
I am not pushed by my problems
I am led by my dreams
I am gentle with myself and my mistakes
You are your greatest investment. We’re strong believers in the mentality of committing to less to show up more when working out, but that also carries over into how we prioritize self-care daily. It’s about honing in on daily practices, with impact intention, that help you feel your best. Some of our favorite ways to prioritize self-care is to carve out 15-60 min a day to do something for ourselves Get outside, establish a solid body care routine, pick up a good book, or simply sit with your thoughts and journal. Think about an activity that brings you happiness and prioritize setting aside time to complete that each day.
For more ideas on how to elevate your self-care routine read this blog post.
Discover Food Freedom
Set small realistic goals. For those of us who have struggled with yo-yo dieting, restricting, or binging in the past, we worry that old habits may arise. Little things will unlock the eventual freedom your body craves, and help you in breaking the cycle. Practice mindful eating habits by paying attention to when you’re feeling hungry, and when you’re feeling full. Sometimes our brain can trick us into over or under eating when we’re feeling an emotion we want to avoid. Take deep breaths while you eat to decipher what you’re truly feeling. Most of all, remember that you don’t need to earn your meals or over-exercise to compensate for indulgence. Let yourself eat what you’re craving without judgment, and then move on, instead of overcorrecting or spiraling. Lean into what feels right for you and what you want!
Rely on Your Loved Ones For Support
Strength in numbers. Don’t be afraid to rely on people who are always looking out for you when you find yourself on this journey of self-love. Oftentimes, we get wrapped up in thinking this is a solo adventure that only you can help yourself with. Instead, try leaning on others when you find yourself stuck in negativity or at a point of stale progress. This could be as simple as going to dinner and chatting with a friend or partner about what you love about each other, or what you think the other person’s strengths are. Let them know what you struggle with and see if they can help you overcome that. As a person who loves you, they can help celebrate you and help you discover strengths about yourself you forgot about or didn't realize were there. Another exercise is to exchange gratitude texts with your loved ones. Throughout the day, identify what brings you gratitude and send that to each other to spread positivity and love!
If you’re looking for even more guidance be sure to participate in our Seven Days of Self Love Program with Iskra from Saltair. Move your body, meditate, journal and level up your self-love routine.