Yesterday was a classic Monday. I’m not one to normally despise Monday’s but this one was rough for a few reasons. 1) It rained all. day. long. 2) I had such a “blah” attitude and I wasn’t overly excited about anything. 3) I didn’t feel confident with my body. Woah, where did that one come from?
Yes, I, a typically self-loving and confident person was not feeling so great about myself. This was not the first time either (far from it). We all have those days that, for whatever reason, nothing feels right. For me, this was one of those “whatever reason” days. I couldn’t pinpoint why I was feeling off and was tempted to throw myself a pity party. Oh, I’m so bloated. My stomach hurts. I wish I could do ______. I should be doing ______.
The truth is I’m not invincible when it comes to poor body image or self-doubt. As much as I wish I could feel confident 24/7, that’s just not the case. In fact, I find it idealistic to think these bad days don’t occasionally happen to everyone. Male, female, tall, short, curves in the “right” places, legs like Gisele, long hair, short hair, old, young, you get the point…
I feel like there’s some crazy idea that if your body looks a certain way you are immune to those bad thoughts. No one is immune to those thoughts. I’m sure Gisele gets those thoughts. If you ever talk to her, ask her and let me know. But the crucial difference is knowing better than to let “one of those days” turn into “one of those weeks/months/years.” Honestly, sometimes it takes me more than a day to get out of this funk because there’s no set timeline. Additionally, as many blog posts and advice articles there may be about “getting out of a funk” or “loving your body” it’s so individual and unmethodical that it feels silly to even try to make up a list.
So, yeah, I have days like yesterday when my pants fit a little snugger and my body feels more bloated than normal, but it doesn’t mean I should have done something drastic. After acknowledging how I felt I went about my normal day and didn’t alter my habits based on how I felt. I ate normally and worked out a normal amount (actually less than normal). All of this is easier said than done, but I hope one day it comes second nature to me and everyone in the world. Don’t dwell on those negative feelings. You are awesome. We are awesome. Shake it off and move on.
I had another post planned for today but felt inclined to jot down my thoughts on this topic and “think out loud” on a Tuesday instead of a Thursday (I’m crazy, I know). I work better blogging in real-time and this is my life at the moment. Not perfect but knowing that this too shall pass. I know this is not the most coherent or well-written post but that’s probably an effect of “one of those days.” Good thing that we all have those days every now and then.