Today I’m going to skew away from my normal 2000+ words post and make it short and sweet and let all of you enjoy the rest of your evening with your family.
But before we do that, let’s take some time to be thankful for one of the most important person in this world – you.
See, I’m not perfect. I’m a personal trainer, and a sports and exercise nutrition coach but I do not have abs nor do I have a ‘perfect’ fitness model body shape. But it doesn’t bother me. Why? Because it makes me, me. You don’t need abs to be beautiful and even if you’re skinny, big boned or you have wide hips, there are so many reasons to be thankful for that.
Here are 6 things I’m thankful for me this Thanksgiving. I hope this inspires you to do the same.
1. I’m thankful for my stretchmarks.
I lost 20 kilos over 8 months some four years ago, and when I began the weight loss journey, I never thought my stretchmarks would stay with me. I tried to do everything I can to remove them and I’ve probably wasted so much money on oils that claimed to work. But it never left.
So early last year, I stopped trying to get rid of it. Instead, I embraced it as part of me. I mean, why change something you can’t change? I’ve been through a lot in dealing with my weight; let’s just accept this damn marks because it’s beautiful. Like permanent art on the side of my abs.
2. I’m thankful for trying to lose weight, and failed the first time.
The best thing about my weight loss was not my weight loss. It’s the weight I never lost when trying to lose weight. Before I started changing my diet and adopting better habits, I tried so many different things — shakes, slimming pills, weight loss teas and detoxes. They’re great, and while I do not doubt their effectiveness in helping you lose the kilos fast (and I mean, real fast), they’re not a lifelong solution.
It took several failures before I discovered the perfect potion in being healthy – food and exercise. And for that, I’m thankful.
3. I’m thankful for my massive thighs and muscular legs.
These are the thighs that do not look sexy in tights but are the same ones that keep me moving. These are the thighs that will never have gaps but made me complete my full marathon and more. These are the thighs that can never fit into a pair of skinny jeans but are the ones that allow me to complete 8 reps of 70kg squats, deep and low.
I reckon that’s a win, win and win.
4. I’m thankful for being an endomorph, big boned and not naturally skinny.
Even if it means I can never be one of those Victoria Secret models. Knowing that I am sensitive to carbohydrates and eating too much of that can make me gain a lot of weight makes me feel liberated. It’s okay to be big boned. It’s okay too, to not be naturally skinny. Because what makes you you, makes you beautiful and I will take that.
5. I’m thankful for the little belly sticking out of my abs.
I know sometimes I think it should be all flat and muscular, it’s not important. I know I’m moving as much as I can to be active. I know I’m strengthening my core each time I deadlift and while having abs is highly sought after in fitness magazines and #fitspo type of things, this makes me happy.
6. I’m thankful that I am whole, healthy and I work.
Society pressures us to do things beyond our limits to look perfect. We try so hard to be something else that we tend to forget to appreciate the fact that our body still works. We still have a chance every single day to move more and eat better and not to succumb to what society wants us to be. Our body is an amazing system and we should be thankful for that.
Think about it: If you can’t be thankful for your body now, how can you be thankful for when you have lost all those weight six months down the road?
This thanksgiving, take a minute to list down all the things about yourself that you’re thankful of. It may seem crazy and insane, but there’s more to life than worrying about when you’ll look like that fitness model or hating yourself because everyone else seems to be more perfect than you.
Look at yourself in the mirror and embrace what you see.
You are beautiful and you should know that. Happy Thanksgiving.