This week's word of the week is Awareness. Paying attention, being mindful, listening, noticing, consciousness, observation, are all words to describe awareness. So often we are self-absorbed in our own bubbles that we don't see what's going on outside of our brain. So, this week I thought it would be a good idea to talk a little about awareness.
As a trainer, I hear this literally, every day: I am too fat. I'm so heavy. I hate my body. I weigh too much. Let me tell you, I HATE HEARING THIS! If you are one of my clients, please do me a favor and never utter these words in front of me (OR ANYONE ELSE) ever again. (I need to take heed too, as I mutter these words probably way too often to my husband, and in my own head. I, myself, am working on being aware of how often I fall into this trap.)
Here's why. How would it make you feel, if you were mid conversation with a friend, and all they can talk about is how heavy they are? How they "look horrible." How does it makes you feel, knowing you weigh the exact same amount, but you actually feel pretty darn good about your body. In fact, you actually think your friend may look pretty good! Subconsciously, does that 150lbs that your friend says is "so fat" for them make you start to reconsider your weight? Do you now begin to believe that you are "too heavy" too?
Pay attention this week to what you say, especially about your weight. You never know how it can impact the person you are "complaining" to. This is especially important when talking around children. Never talk about your weight around a child. Always focus on how you FEEL. Start being aware of what makes you feel good, and then implement that more into your life.
BE AWARE this week. Open your eyes, and if you're not happy about your size, do something about it! But whatever you do, don't talk about how fat you are. Please. It does no service to the world.
Abby Malmstrom M.S. is an exercise physiologist, certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, wellness coach, and "real food" nutritionist. Her life as an active duty military spouse takes her all over the world, allowing her to influence, teach, and connect with folks in communities she never even dreamed of reaching. Life's an adventure, so stay tuned for the ride! It's time to "Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well, Be Well."