I think it’s fair to say I’ve got a pretty common relationship with my body – it’s complicated. I’ve gone through so many phases, of starving myself to lose weight quickly, or squatting until I could barely stand to make my bum bigger and, finally, learning to love and appreciate what I have and how able bodied I am.
There’s so many things that play into the way I view, or feel about my body, and as much as I wish I could spend every day feeling great about the way I look, it’s just sometimes not possible. That said, recently I’ve been really focused on building (and maintaining) a positive relationship with my body, regardless of how it compares to other people’s.
Over the past couple of months I’ve tried a few things out, so today I thought I would share them with you! I’ve made working out a bigger part of my weekly routine,I’ve completed an eight week course of LipoFirm Pro at Coco Nail bar, I’ve paid more attention to how what I eat has an impact on how I feel and I’ve shifted my mindset on what value I place on my body’s aesthetics.
When I used to work out, the focus was entirely on losing weight and improving my muscle definition. If I’m honest, it just made me miserable, and when I didn’t get the results I wanted as quickly as I wanted, I would work out more and cut back more on what I was eating.
The weight I did lose, and the muscle definition I did gain, never stayed. As soon as I went back to my normal routine, my body returned to it’s previous shape and weight and I would feel like a complete failure. But I wasn’t, I was just focused on the wrong results.
When I work out to feel good, and benefit from the rush of endorphins, it benefits me greatly. A run leaves me feeling exhilarated and energised. A yoga session helps me to slow down the pace of my mind and relax. Removing the focus on changing the way my body looks really helped me to enjoy working out more. I love feeling my body become more flexible and stronger, regardless of what shape it is.
Of course, it’s great to build a better relationship with my body, and put less focus on how it looks, but I think I’m safe in saying that the majority of us really do care about our appearance. So, instead of over-exercising or restricting my food to a dangerous level, I’ve been on the hunt for safer ways to give my body (and particularly my torso) a little bit more definition.
LipoFirm Pro has been clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite, tighten, lift, tone and firm skin, as well as offering health benefits including detoxification and improved drainage and enhanced blood circulation. I have had 8 sessions, and as you can see in the image above, the results really do speak for themselves!
Since having the treatments done, I have noticed more definition in my torso and my skin does feel firmer. Now, this isn’t a nice, relaxing treatment. It pretty much feels like elastic bands are continuously snapping against your skin and I would not recommend it for those of you who have a low pain threshold. It’s also expensive, at £180 per session, and as it’s recommended you do 8 sessions in a row you’re looking at a cost of £1,440.
That said, if it’s something you can afford, and you’re looking for a treatment that can help you to tone a particular area it’s a good one to go for. Having my treatment done at Coco Nail bar was a dream, the women there are really lovely and talked me through the treatment so I could understand exactly what it entailed.
Recently, I’ve taken more notice of the impact what I eat has on how I feel. If I have too many carbs, my attention and energy is lacking. If I eat too much fast food, my skin is duller and I just don’t feel great. When I make sure I’m drinking 2 litres of water, and eating five fruit and veg a day, I have far more energy and I just feel better. Now, that’s not to say I’m cutting out carbs or fast food, I enjoy eating them too much, but I’m making sure I don’t go overboard and jeopardise my energy levels.
I think this is the most important one. As tempting as it is to endlessly scroll through a feed of perfect bodies on Instagram and compare mine to theirs, there’s really no point in doing that. My body does an incredible job of getting me through each day, and I’m lucky to be able bodied and to not suffer from any mobility issues. I used to put so much value on having a perfect body, and I was willing to put my health at risk to achieve it. Now, feeling good and energised is far more important to me. Regardless of how my body looks, I want to feel fit and healthy so that’s my focus now.
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