Feel Better About Yourself – Just How Good is Good Enough?
Motivational fitness message are meant to make you feel better but sometimes do the opposite. The images in this post offer an “edit” of the original and are geared to make you feel better about yourself.
I love my life, and for the most part, I love society. Wait…what? Who says that…clearly only a crazy bear lady (if you don’t get that reference, check out my about me page).
You’ve gotta think about it this way though, society puts out these expectations that come from…hey, where do they come from? They come from our own insecurities.
I’m not perfect, but I’m starting to learn to love the way I am, exactly as I am, right now in this moment. I may have more weight on my body than I want, and less weight in my wallet, but WHO CARES?!
Well, that’s not true. Some days I can be really down about it, and care a lot, but I’m learning to love me. It’s so hard, because we see images and hear words all over the place about how imperfect we are, and how we should be something else.
Now, those are just words and images, but because we let ourselves believe those things, they effect us.
I love Pinterest, and whenever I need motivation to go to the gym, I’ll browse around for some “inspirational” messages. Sometimes, it’s a better idea, to “edit” the message with real thoughts.
I had no idea how wrong it was that I was telling myself to live by these messages. However, these edited photos, now they’re something to listen to.
You may not be where you want to be in life (in your career, with your weight, in your relationship, whatever it may be), but you are someone great. Never forget that.
Why is it that we choose to listen to the part of ourselves that’s so mean and negative, when we could listen to our other (kinder) half?
What can you do to feel better about yourself?
Take a look at these, because just maybe, they’ll convince you that even making an effort is good enough. YOU are good enough!
I love these messages because we are people and not machines. We put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect, and we can’t be perfect, we can only be our best.
One of my teachers always said to me “Jess, practice makes better. Practice doesn’t make perfect”.
Sometimes we have “bad days” (I use that term all the time). It can be a bad work day, a bad hair day, a bad (or even worse) ‘fat’ day…but honestly they’re all just days.
The only thing that makes them ‘bad’ is our attitude towards them! If we are mindful, we can change the way we think, we can change the way we feel!
Since we’re people and not robots, we are all different. One set of rules doesn’t work for everyone! And even one set of rules doesn’t work for one person.
We have to be able to change and adapt what we lay down as our guidelines, because as the ever-changing people we are, we can’t expect to be the same and follow the same routine every day!
We have to give ourselves permission to mess up, to make mistakes, to love ourselves, and to be happy. Because without that, we really would be robots, and honestly that’s a world no one would want to live in!
Now I saved the best for last, because I laughed so hard when I read this, but I also thought about how I would do it, only with Oreos, sugar wafers, and tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole.
Now it’s your turn to start feeling better about yourself!
What would you do if you were not afraid? Perhaps eat that cookie?
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article, and that you’ve allowed yourself to offer a little more loving kindness to YOU. You are worth it, and you are good enough, and just because you may not be exactly where you want to be right now, it doesn’t mean that you’re not good enough. 🙂 YOU are awesome, and don’t you forget it!
Note: The idea for this post was inspired by @lapocketrocket on Tumblr, but the blog no longer exists.
A note on graphics. These graphics are a lot of fun to share, but they take me a long time to make. If you share them on social media (and thank you for that!) please link to this page instead of uploading them yourself.
Admin note: This post first appeared on the blog in November of 2013. I have updated the post to add more of my thoughts on the topic of how to feel better about yourself and to include all new photos.
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