The Full-Length Mirror!

 

I made it…yet again!

The lesson for this week…Even if you don’t eat fried chicken; you still have to flip a 260 pound tractor tire…with one arm!  Just kidding, but not really…

Seriously, I really did learn a lesson this week…I actually learned this lesson many years ago, but it resurfaced in a big way this week.  I’ll tell you the story that lead to the lesson.  Get a tissue…but then, get ready for some inspiration that will make you smile…

So, the other day I was getting dressed; as I finished, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror.  It was a full-length mirror…pause for gasps, LOL!…I was actually quite pleased with what I saw.  I could tell that my body is starting to take a different shape.  Yay!  I make it a habit not to judge myself harshly when I look in the mirror; especially in those dressing rooms in front of the three-way/full-length mirrors with the cellulighting in the department stores, ROFL!  We ALL feel like beauty queens in there don’t we, LMAO!  I digress…the point is this: when I look in the mirror, I like who’s looking back at me. 

This leads me to my story…

Growing up, my younger sister and I were thick as thieves.  We were so much alike with the only exception being that we were two years apart.  People often mistook us for twins.  Coming into adulthood, things started to change.   My sister began to get abnormally skinny; as this was happening, I would periodically hear her cutting herself down with negative remarks about her appearance.  As time progressed, I did all that I could, as a fitness professional and a concerned sister, to try to “fix” the negative inner dialogue that my sister was experiencing.  A very long story short…I lost my sister suddenly and unexpectedly to an eating disorder.  While sorting out the ‘what went wrongs and what could I have done differents’ of the situation, I began to see that my older sister was beginning to take a similar route by way of yo-yo dieting and dangerous diet pill experimentation.  I refused to let this happen to her too!  For a long time, I secretly blamed myself for not being able to save my little sister’s life.  I tried many things to help my older sister and ensure she wouldn’t meet the same fate as my younger sister, but soon I realized…the struggle with self image is not something you can change for someone; they must see it and feel it for themselves… 

I think to myself at times; how horrible it must’ve been for my younger sister to look in the mirror and be so tormented by what she saw that she was willing to put her own life in jeopardy.  Then, I think of so many others who stand in front of a mirror and point out all the negative things they see instead of appreciating the beauty that’s in front of them.  The most important Lesson I learned from this is that ‘you need to like who you are before you can become who you want to be’.  It’s a lot tougher to reach your fitness goals when you have a bully following you pointing out your flaws.  Guess who that bully is…YOU.  Isn’t it much easier and more enjoyable to work toward a goal when you have someone cheering you on and telling you that YOU ROCK!?  When you look in the mirror; isn’t it better to hear someone say “What’s up hot stuff!” than, “OMG!  You need to lose that gut!”  Wouldn’t you just smack someone if they said that to you!?…SO…Why do we say things like that, internally, to ourselves?  Now, I admit that there are times when I look in the mirror and go “Oh my…”, but then I try also to notice the qualities about me that I’m pleased with.  My challenge to you is this: find three things you like when you look in the mirror; play up those features and attributes, and for all intents and purposes…work it honey!!! (((SNAPS))) 😀

P.S.  My older sister is learning how to work it, as well…slowly, but surely 😉 

There isn’t a happy ending to the story about my little sister, but there is one of hope…I wasn’t able to save her life, instead…she saved mine.  I learned a valuable lesson that taught me to be motivated through adversity, hopeful against doubt, and resilient amidst a challenge! 

Will I get to my goal?…DEFINITELY!!!  Watch me…

 

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