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Your inner critic

Last night I came home from a workout and was contemplating about my progress in the last few months. I looked at myself in the mirror and noticed some slight improvements here and there, but nothing phenomenal. However, I did realize that I was much more comfortable and more satisfied about my appearance. And that was when I realized that the only one whose opinion really matters is that of your inner critic.

It’s not like I look in the mirror now and think “Daaaayum girl, you so fine, looking like freakin’ Beyonce over there!” No. It’s more like a “Hmm that’s quite ok, seeing progress, way to go!” Of course I have days that I really don’t like my belly or feel my thighs are too big. But don’t we all have those? Probably more than we like. And guess what? You are the only one who can convince that inner critic of yours to stop complaining and start appreciating!

Even if you don’t like your love handles or feel insecure about your tummy, you should realize that you are beautiful! And you are trying to improve those aspects you don’t like of yourself, so give yourself some credit for that. Don’t link your progress to numbers on the scale, but link it to your satisfaction about yourself. Let’s name it the Mirror Progress. How much do you like what you see in the mirror? Do you feel more confident about yourself? Do you feel that you have gotten that special glow from feeling good in your skin? That’s really what it’s all about. You can look at that scale all you want, but if you don’t like what you see in the mirror, becoming fit isn’t gonna help you feel better.

To all the Fit Girls worldwide, you are all beautiful in your own unique way, and I hope you realize that as well! Let’s stop measuring our progress by the scale and let’s start measuring it by the mirror. Ask yourself this everytime you want to measure progress:

  1. How much do I like what I see?
  2. How do I feel looking at myself in the mirror?
  3. How confident am I about myself?

You are awesome. Don’t let yourself forget that, not even once!

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  1. Annegeke

    Love this article Shelley!