I haven’t done a post on my food/body positivity journey in a while… In all honesty I had a post that was supposed to come out in October on “5 of my favourite student meals” but I wanted to include pictures and, well, I kept eating the food before I took them… So that will probably come… Eventually… But for now, I thought I’d update you on how I’m doing with my relationship with food and fitness.
In short, it’s going really well, and I think that’s mostly because I care a lot less. Don’t get me wrong, I still care about being healthy because, well, health is life, but I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable with my body. I don’t actually hate the way I look! And I know I have a few lumps and bumps – of course I do, I don’t think I’m ever gonna have the supermodel body of my dreams (The first thing that should have given that away is the fact that I’m 5″4…), but I generally don’t mind how I look.
That doesn’t mean I’ve given up on health; I still try and eat healthily and exercise, but I feel like I’m doing it for the right reasons at the moment. I’m not doing it to lose weight and tone (Although, if those are side effects then they wouldn’t be unwelcome) but rather doing it so I can improve my body in a fitness way. I want to be stronger, more flexible, have better stamina, just all round be a better version of myself, and so that’s what I’m working towards at the moment.
In terms of my diet, well my main priority is balance. I try and cook fresh as much as possible, because by cooking for myself, I put a lot more time and care into what I put in my body, but I don’t limit myself to “skinny” foods. I try and work meat, carbs and veg into every dinner, snack on fruit, and eat three meals away. So far, it’s been working to keep me regulated and I feel a lot better for doing it. That doesn’t mean that I never get takeaways or go out to eat with my friends – of course I do, I’m at University! However, I never feel bad or “guilty” about it because life is all about balance and one day of consuming Domino’s until I sweat pizza grease is not going to make me gain 100lbs.
As you may recall (Did I even talk about it on my blog? Who knows…) last year I had a real obsession with the gym. This year however, I live in a different area and the gym is no longer within walking distance and I’m too lazy to travel to it (Ironic, I know) so I’ve been trying out some new things. My University Student Union has a bunch of exercise classes on offer so instead I’ve bought a subscription for that. I’ve really developed a love for Piloxercise (It’s essentially Zumba but more intense and it nearly kills me every single time) so I’ve been doing that every week, along with the occasional Yoga or Dance Fit class thrown in. It’s been a lot of fun and I forgot how much I loved just jumping around to music so it’s been a welcome change (and I can already feel my stamina improving so that’s a great bonus).
I guess the point of this post is that the best thing to do is find things that work for you. Not everyone’s a gym lad, not everyone likes classes, some go on runs and some just make an effort to walk everywhere. The best thing to do is find your own pattern and most importantly to not be so hard on yourself! Fitness and good food can be important but I feel like you can’t properly get into them in a healthy manner until you come to accept your own body. Acceptance doesn’t mean you don’t want it to change, it just means that you are happy being you regardless.
Hope this made sense, and hopefully I’ll get some more ‘My Food Mentality’ posts up soon! You can check out the last few here and here.
Lots of love,
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Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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