We all have a certain way of thinking about ourselves. I'm blonde/brunette, I weigh this much, my body looks like this, these are the things I can do, but what if that stuff is getting in the way of your progress...
This blog doesn't come from crazy amounts of research. It will be short and sweet straight from personal experience. Try to read with an open mind and honestly try to ask yourself in what ways you could be making the same mistake as I did.
So, kiddies, sit down in a circle and let me tell you a story. I grew up an athlete and played sports all the time as a kid. Even though I wasn't technically "overweight", I had certain preconceptions about my body. I had naturally larger thighs, I had a little belly pooch, and I was big boned and would never wear a small anything. It was just me. I wasn't out of shape (in fact, I was a really successful athlete in high school and college), but I knew the physical hand I had been dealt and I accepted it.
Then, towards the last few years of college, after I was finished playing sports, I stopped working out like an athlete but I definitely continued eating like one. Actually, I ate like a teenage boy whose parents accidentally left their credit card on the counter when they went out of town. (Who has two thumbs and can eat an entire large deep dish pizza by herself? This girl!)
Anyway, as can be expected I ballooned up like a prize calf. And, as I did, I started accepting some of my new conditions as "normal". I started buying extra large in everything without trying it on, because "that's what size I wear". I admitted that I couldn't do certain things because "that's the way my body works".
Finally, in a story that is way too long to tell in this blog, I finally began to lose weight. I worked out, I began to eat like a normal human being, and my body started to change. Then, as the weight came off, some crazy things started to happen. First, all the things I had accepted about my body when I gained the weight began to change. I went straight from wearing extra larges straight to wearing mediums without so much as stopping at large. I began to be able to do things "heavy people" just can't do, like sit on a chair with my knees to my chest.
The more surprising part was that, in trying to get rid of all the excess weight I had gained in college, my body continued to change in even more surprising ways. I soon discovered that the body I had always thought was "broad shouldered" or "big boned" now demanded small or even extra small shirts. The belly pooch I thought was genetically destined to grace my midsection for eternity gave way to real live abs. And the only substance to my thighs was now pure muscle.
I don't say this to brag, I say this for one very important reason:
I never in my life had considered that any of these things were even possible.
For my whole life I believed in a set of limitations that wasn't even close to true. Only when I accidentally broke through a couple of these previously-stone barriers was I able to see all the other iron clad "can'ts" I was accepting as fact. This one realization opened more doors for me than I could possibly describe, and I promise that there's at least one thing in your life you think you can't do that is actually way within your grasp.
Homework: Start opening your mind to the possibility that you are capable of anything. It's not a line...it's actually true: you can do ANYTHING you set your mind to. Look deep within yourself and make an ACTUAL, PHYSICAL, PEN-AND-PAPER list of all the things you "can't" do.
Seriously, now...I'll wait.
Good. Now one by one work your way down that list and do each of those things. No exceptions. You can thank me later.