A few weeks ago, I accidentally captured this at the end of one of my workout videos. This image is significant to me for many reasons, none of which include my aesthetics. Just over 3 years ago, right after a phenomenal physio finally figured out WHY I had been suffering from 5+ years of full body dysfunction and MANY issues/symptoms, I started the process of rebuilding my health, overall fitness, and body. This long and very well thought out process has benefited me both personally, and professionally, and has taught me some extremely valuable lessons that will remain with me for the rest of my life.
On day 1 (just over 3 years ago), I took a thigh circumference measurement, as throughout this ordeal, I had lost all of my muscle, so all of my pants literally hung off my body. I took the same measurement after I saw this picture, and my thighs are 4 inches bigger than they were when I began my journey back to full health and function, and I couldn't be happier. Not because of what I look like, but because of how amazing I feel. I couldn't begin to tell you what I weigh, nor do I care, but I am sure that I weigh close to my all-time high, and this is actually incredibly empowering as I know how hard I have worked to return to optimal health and performance. At soon to be 36, I am definitely in the best shape of my life, and I don't plan on this changing any time soon. As I have mentioned before, my mental and physical health are my number 1a and 1b priorities, and I will make a daily investment to them to matter what. Being healthy will benefit all aspects of my life, and will also benefit everyone in my life.
Having gone through this whole experience has shifted my entire mindset away from what my body looks like, to how my body feels, and what it is capable of doing. This mindset, something that I have developed over the course of my 30's, and especially recently, is incredibly empowering and liberating, as like many women, I spent most of my late teens and 20's worrying about what I looked like, and what others might think about my body. This is not the way to living a happy and fulfilling life, and is not conducive to achieving your goals!
My advice to you is to let your aesthetics be the byproduct of your lifestyle and journey, not the focus of it. If you do this, the chances are extremely high that you will be satisfied, if not thrilled, with your appearance. Celebrate making yourself more, not less, and focus on your capabilities. It is well worth it!