Food for thought: reflections, perspective and inspiration. Week 1 at Hilton Head Health
Raise your hand if you sometimes believe the stories you've always told yourself about who you are and what you'll do in your life. I did and have. Even arriving here. I alway told myself that while I was confident in my body and owning it no matter my size I would never be the person who was fit, or physical or would actually love to move just because that was the way I had always been. That celebrating food and life is all or nothing and that there's not a happy balance between a full life of living well and being well.
It's amazing when we let all that stuff go. The negative self talk, the fear, the stories. Let go of all the stuff holding us back from who's really under there and lean into the strong, fierce human in our hearts. It's in there. I promise. Even if you've forgotten about them for awhile. That person is ready to step out from the shadows of your stories and live the life you want for them even though its uncertain or scary or even uncomfortable.
I knew coming here my inner person would get a shake up whether she was ready to come out or not. She is. She's here and even though it's a new territory for me it's more comfortable than I had ever imagined (or not imagine) all those years I was telling myself I was something other than who I am now.
Every single day here I've learned something new. About health, about wellness, about my body and about my strength.
Here's some of my lessons from week 1:
Our bodies are meant to move and so inspiring when they do. They are beautiful no matter our shape or size and were and tear and should be taken better care of, we only have one.
Gyms are scary and intimidating but this place isn't. It's safe and inclusive and welcoming and giving a space for so many to learn about ourselves which is vulnerable and difficult to do but it's been so beautiful to see the people around me do it. I've already seen bodies change, confidence soar and people growing in ways that isn't always reflected on the scale. I want everyone to feel safe in the space they workout in.
It's not always about that number on the scale. It's about so much more.
Breathe through it.
Everyone has a story. Meet them where they're at and honor it.
Not everyone will support the journey you're on, focus on the ones who will.
Wearing fun workout clothes makes workouts more fun.
Take a cardio class instead of a nap you'll feel more energized.
Food can be celebrated in new ways and there can be new rituals around it.
Eat the rainbow.
Slow down you're eating too fast.
Stretching is a form of self care and an important end to every work out.
Start each day with a grateful heart.
Walk the long way home.
Smile, it makes workouts more enjoyable for you and everyone around you.
Throwing a 10 pound medicine ball can be more comforting than emotionally eating.
Get up for the 7AM beach walk, it's worth it.
Be open to new experiences and unexpected opportunities will come from them.
Try new things.
Talk to someone new today no matter their age or what you think they'll give you in return, just connect.
Be vulnerable and honest with yourself and others of where you're at and celebrate it and you.
Be kind to those along the way but also be just as kind to yourself.
Get rid of negative self talk.
Support others. We need each other.
Get out of your own way.
Trust the process.
It's your turn and it's ok to put you first.
You're just getting started.
And that was just week one! Wow. Here is to the week ahead. Thank you for being here. For reading my words, following my journey and for your support and kindness. I send it all back to you so you can have a strong and inspiring week too. I would love to hear your lessons from the week you just had. Tell me the things that inspired you. Send me a note and don't forget to be kind to yourself this week!
WE'VE GOT THIS.