I refuse to hide a body that works for me from the world.
Sometimes it can be hard for me to see the lines disappearing or new layers on top of the muscle definition that once was so visible.
I often have to remind myself there’s a reason for where I am, there’s a goal I’m going after, & if I’m healthy then I can be grateful.
I’ve had people say I look stronger, bigger, meatier, filled out, healthier and I always say thank you, I feel so good about where I’m at!
Because I don’t want to feed the narrative that our body must look a certain way all the time.
Life presents many opportunities for metamorphosis and to withhold change is to suffocate growth.
The other day a man said to me, most women wouldn’t thank me for saying they look fuller and I said and that’s a problem!
I absolutely do not condone celebration of unhealthy or destructive behaviors that lead to the downfall of ones health, esteem, or abilities but I do believe in embracing the seasons as they each serve their purpose.
Whether it’s a season of stress or grief or celebration or focus or learning or all of the above and more, it’s all necessary and it helps us to understand our own needs and responses more.
If you find yourself struggling with your body image whether that’s in a growth season or a cutting phase, focus on your efforts, sustainability, purpose, and function!
Celebrate your body by being proud of her, making her comfortable, and reinforcing conversations you want to have about her!
For me, this is a season of calculate work, just as prep is.
Sure it looks different & brings different expectations, but it still represents a part of me that’s important for longevity & success in the sport.
I find that accepting the impermanence breeds detachment from the shape and fosters focus on execution & growth.
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