For the past few years (immediately after a physio finally determined the cause of my 5+ year full body dysfunction), 100% of my focus shifted towards feeling great (symptom free), getting ridiculously strong and fit, and being able to do cool exercises/activities. From that point on, I almost instantaneously stopped caring what anybody else thought about my body, and I stopped thinking about aesthetic-related goals. I can honestly say that I spend virtually no time thinking about my body, aside from the odd time when I catch myself thinking how crazy it is that my body has become quite muscular, strong and physically capable, when it used to be so dysfunctional and frail. This is an incredibly liberating feeling. I will never be able to please everybody, nor do I want to, so my main focus is to please myself. I wish I had learned this years back.
In this video, I am celebrating that I am close to my all-time highest weight, and that my body is the strongest and healthiest it has ever been. When I was injured, my back looked so weak and frail. Since I regained my health and had a complete shift in perspective, I have a ridiculous amount of drive. My health and fitness are a huge priority of mine, and I make it happen on a daily basis, no matter what. I don't plan on ever feeling the way I did during those miserably disheartening and stressful 5+ years, and I will continue to invest in my health and happiness for the rest of my life, no matter what. Focus on making yourself more, not less. It will benefit all areas in your life.
Ps. I will be releasing part 3 of my blog Owning It within the next week or so, and I will talk about what steps I took to change my workouts and nutrition for the better.