“Since the second I was born, my life has mostly consisted of blisters, open bloody wounds, chronic pain, and lots and lots of insecurities. I was born with a severe and life-threatening skin disorder called Epidermolysis Bullosa & I was born with the second most severe form. EB has caused my skin to be extremely fragile and I get extremely painful blisters with the slightest friction. Daily activities that a typical person takes for granted, like eating, showering, or walking, cause severe pain, and must be done with extreme carefulness to try and prevent blisters (although 9/10 times blisters do end up happening). EB requires most of my body, including my hands, feet, thighs, etc, to be bandaged, and also causes very visible scars which people mistake for a burn incident or a car crash (smh). My scars and bandages have caused so many insecurities and have made me extremely self-conscious. I’ve always been afraid of my insecurities becoming a wall between myself and the acceptance of others. This year, though, I learned that acceptance shouldn’t come from others or from society. It should come from me. So what if the girl next to me doesn’t have bandages, or doesn’t have blisters to pop later? She’s beautiful & I am too. I hope that with this post, I can bring some self-confidence to others and spread some positivity into a society that has so many norms as to how an individual “should” look like.”
(Ariana - Los Angeles, USA)
There comes a time in life when you have to stop focusing on what you AREN’T, and dedicate more energy into focusing on what you CAN BE. My past is black and white. It was nice, until I discovered better. I enjoyed it, because I didn’t know anything else and simply put, I was comfortable. It’ll always be a part of who I was, but it doesn’t and won’t ever define who I AM nor who I’m striving to be. This journey never gets easier, and truth be told the moment one insecurity starts to fade away, another appears. But baby, please believe me when I tell you that IM NOT DONE BLOSSOMING. ✨🌞🌻💛 #loveyourself #selfacceptance #bodyappreciation
This is called confirmation bias and we can use it to our advantage.
When we first try and find things to like about our bodies, it can be pretty challenging. You may think you hate everything about your body but it likely comes down to one thing - that your body doesn’t look the way you think it’s supposed to.
Our bodies are so much more than how they look, they are the instruments that allow us to experience life. When we forget that, we are prioritising form over function.
Can’t I just lose weight and then find ways to appreciate my body? You can but often that perpetuates the inner conflict and it’s hard to lose weight when you are in conflict with your body.
This exercise may feel like a bit of a drag to begin with but the more you look, the more you’ll find.
Some of my favourites are:
💎My body lets me enjoy warm hugs.
💎My body takes me to some pretty amazing places.
💎My body works hard to keep me in homeostasis.
💎I can walk, see, hear....
💎My body takes care of my inner world, so I can focus on my outer one.
What’s one thing you can appreciate about your body today?
#allbodiesaregoodbodies #bodyacceptance #bodyappreciation #bopo #bodypositive #bodygratitude #bodyneutrality #selfacceptance #weightneutral #weightneutrality #bodyimage #bodyimageissues #bodydysmorphia #bingeeatingrecovery #gratitudejournal
Here’s a reason to smile 😁 20 Minute workouts! People are rejoicing over this 🎉🤗and you should too, if time has been a barrier.
If you think this could finally be a solution for you, let’s chat 😄 We can see if it will meet your needs through direct message ❤️😎
YOU JUST NEED THE RIGHT ARMS.
Sometimes all you need is a hug. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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A hug to keep all the stress from eating you from the inside, to make you feel how safe this world could be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A hug to remind you that not everyone is going to be cruel, that some arms are meant for you to find solace in. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A hug to make you re-establish the peaceful connection you had once lost, to give you one more reason to kick all that shit and live. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You just need the right arms. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Serenity is sometimes found in others, maybe not completely but for that tiny moment, you will feel your chest dropping a heavy load and your lips uttering a sigh of relief. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It may seem insignificant but perhaps that is all you need to push forward. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A HUG. ⁃ unknown ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⭐️Exciting Monday News ⭐️
Did you hear? The lovely @camiroseyoga
(pictured above) and I are leading a @retreat.you
in Moab, Utah. Her and I connected a few months ago at the @doterra
wellness convention and became instant friends. If you haven’t done so already, click on the @retreat.you
page and see what the retreat is all about. Join us for 5 days of yoga, exploration and healing. You can secure your spot for $300 OFF until next Friday! 🏕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Also, it’s been a while BUT Episode 6 of The Balanced Boss Podcast is now LIVE. Head over to the link in my bio to check it out 🎙
This week’s episode outlines 5 way to keep your sh*t together during the holiday season. It’s a good one, and DEFINITELY one you want to listen to before heading into Christmas! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Whew, that was a lot. So many exciting things happening. Love all of you to pieces. Happy Monday friends! ✌🏻
LIIFT 4 results ~2.5 months apart, 8 solid weeks of effort and two weeks supplementing workouts. 4 days on, 3 days off a week (it’s not entirely consecutive) and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!! TBH I was a little hesitant about posting these because there isn’t a huge difference, but I forgot that I wasn’t looking for one. I’m happy with my results I’ve had so far and I did NOT follow the nutrition even a little bit. So while overloading on pizza and fried food to develop more muscle definition and not gain weight is ~the dream~
Curious if anyone would like to see more of my workout photos or videos. I know I have a lot of friends out there that do not (lol thanks for not unfollowing me anyways 😋😍) if you want to see more videos, post a 💦 in the comments!
Just a little Monday Motivation to remind you that anything is possible.
140lbs between pictures.
I have almost no pictures of myself at my highest weight.
The pictures I do have I’m sitting down or trying to hide behind other people. It was only a few months before I realized I had to change.
Thank goodness I made those changes!
You can too! 🖤
Can't imagine life without my sister from another mother. ♥️👯
"Growing up I never felt like enough. As I got older it only got worse. I look at myself and I see someone who can never and will never be loved. I took these pictures to hopefully look back at one day and laugh. Laugh at how wrong I might be. For now. I look at these and hate what I see. But I strive to be proud of who I am one day." #photography #selfie #bodyappreciation #blackandwhite #legs #stomach #insecure #fashion
Someone joked today about how everyone weighs more than their drivers license weight says..indicating we all gain weight as the years pass..some of us do..
Some of us weigh less. Weight really is just a number & I think we should all trash our scales & trash our limited life sucking beliefs that numbers have anything to do with anything.
What matters is healthy? Is your blood healthy? Your cells? Joints? Muscles? Emotions? Thoughts?
How does one put a number to all of that? Yes people with excess weight have health problems. And yes losing weight & changing eating patterns & getting fitter will help!
But. You are not a number on a scale. We are so much more!
I rarely jump on a scale. Every few months..and mostly because it’s hilarious! Because, my entire body is different, I hear very often about how much weight I’ve lost and how I look skinnier & I say thanks & shrug my shoulders & mention that on a scale it’s 3-5 pounds. I’m a walking scale measurement debunker. 🙌
My plan is working 😉
This is the smallest dress I’ve ever owned! On the hanger it looks like a “skinny girl” dress! And it fits!
I’m slightly awkward when people comment on my weight tbh, because I don’t give a shit really 🤷🏻♀️ I care about feeling well & vibrant & nourished & happy & healthy!
And I do “work” for it, though it never seems like a task to go to hot yoga! I’m almost at 500 hours of practice!! Wild. Never would I have imagined...
I keep active. I keep an eye on my mind & love & accept my brain. I keep my emotions in check so I can respond more than react. I have become a master at self care & taking care of my soul & feeding my spirit. First.
Those are all the things that matter to me.
Learning how to & falling in love with my body & brain & spirit was the best path I ever could have taken 💕
This dress was a non scale victory, a little reminder that my body is happy with the things we do & she loves me back.
Food + yoga + creativity + natural medicine + love + god = all the answers to my life 🙏
I’m really grateful for my body, she works hard and we have a great relationship. It took a lifetime, but it’s worth it 😍
Not gonna lie I don't know where my weight went but I can say I don't miss it. I like both versions of my body and I'm only gonna really love it with more affection and work. #bodyappreciation #bodyappreciative
You don't need to be an artist to come to our drawing classes! All you need is an interest in art and a big old heart! We're about making anyone who walks into our session feel at peace and comfortable. 💕
Gorgeous drawing by @natpop
Working on mobility is just as important as whatever type of exercise you choose to do! 🤸🏻♀️ perform each for 30-40 seconds . Don’t push yourself too hard in these positions like you would in lifting just let your body naturally adjust!