Our guest post tonight comes from our Weightlifting and Group Strength & Conditioning coach Jen Javier.
I’ve been thinking a lot about body image lately and after years (read: pretty much all my life) of torture and loathing and shame and self hatred I have finally, seriously, legitimately arrived at peace with my body. But this doesn’t mean that I don’t pursue body transformation, it just means that, for once, I’m doing it for the right reason: because I love my body, not because I hate it!
I track my macros because it’s fun for me and to make sure I’m maintaining my muscle mass and to keep my energy up. I eat salads because I want to and not because I have to. I eat pizza and candy and pork rinds and low fat multigrain English muffins because I enjoy them and they make me happy. I work out and lift and (sometimes) run because it’s fun for me and I enjoy seeing what my body can do. I do snatches and clean & jerks because they are magic to me and I squat to be strong and I do bicep curls for the burn and I do booty exercises because YES I want my butt to be bigger!
I put makeup on my face because it’s a fun new skill I’m learning and it’s become my morning meditation but I feel just as gorgeous without it. I wear booty shorts and crop tops to the gym because I love my thick thighs and I don’t care if anyone sees my #powerbelly.
It’s okay to be exactly who you are but still strive to be better but do it because you love yourself and I promise you the results will be so much sweeter!
So for you bad ass babes (and dudes) out there who are still struggling with this stuff, be patient. Do the work. On yourself. It’s a long, windy road. Some days will feel amazing and some will feel just terrible. But revel in how glorious and magnificent and amazing you are because you ARE. You are worthy and you deserve to love and care for yourself and you TOTALLY deserve to feel like a babe!
TL;DR- I do what I want because it makes me feel like a babe and you should too.
For more inspiration and empowerment you can find Jen on Instagram @ladylifterlife
To contact Jen about coaching and personal training: firstname.lastname@example.org