Being A Beginner

June 14, 2010

Today I’m hungry for self-acceptance. I am a beginner in many areas of my life. Running, Bikram yoga, BLOGGING and my nutrition course, to name a few. Being a beginner is discouraging at times but a great way to stay motivated is to focus on and strive for improvement. Baby steps. There’s a learning curve in everything we do and we must overcome mental and physical barricades when training our minds and bodies in a new form of exercise or field of study. There will be setbacks along the way and it is crucial to love yourself and accept where you are right NOW.

One of the many reasons we love fitness is to see the results of our workouts. Although ‘results‘ is defined as the final consequence of a sequence of actions or events, I like to think we see results every step of the way. Be it toned arms, better posture, flexibility or increased mileage. Similarly, one of the reasons we love nutrition is to see the results of the foods we eat. Less bloating, clearer skin, shiny hair, no indigestion, regularity, etc. If you are making an effort towards a healthy lifestyle, pat yourself on the back and find contentment with yourself today. Right now. And then keep up the good work tomorrow.

Caitlin, from Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful, asked the question on her blog last week, “If you could go back in time and tell you 15-year-old self anything, what would you say?”

I’d say that my appearance will never define me – to take care of my body, to love myself and to accept love from others.

I give my 28-year-old self, and you, the same advice today.

I attended my 6th Bikram practice this morning from 7:30-9:00. I enjoy it more each time and find myself craving the challenge of each posture and the immense concentration it takes to execute each one. The mind + body connection in Bikram is something I’ve never experience before.

The beautiful strip mall.

A bit deceiving – the space inside is huge.

Where the regulars store their mats.

The lone shower that I choose not to use.

I’m headed out-of-town for the next 2 days so I most likely won’t return to the Bikram studio until Thursday this week.

What are you hungry for on this Monday?

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