Saturday, 6 January 2018

3 Unhealthy Habits To Leave Behind In 2O17


So 2018 has got off to a rocky start and, thanks to the flu, I haven't kick-started the year like I planned to! And, although I'm not one for the ole' 'New Year, New Me' fiasco, I have promised myself to leave some unhealthy habits behind in 2017 - laters ya'll!

No 1 - Following too many accounts that do NOT have a positive impact on myself
This is the best social media advice I could give myself (and to you guys) and I just wish I had done this sooner. I have started the process of sifting through my Instagram and un-following accounts that don't either a) give me motivation b) make me happy or c) post cute puppy photos (slight joke). Of course I'm not saying that I will un-follow every beautiful human being (there are just some VS models that deserve crushing over) but I do not need the majority of my feed to consist of them either. Balance is everything. So rather than 'I wish I looked like that' it is more of a case of  'Yass, I'm going to smash that workout later!' 

No 2 - Comparing myself to others
C'mon we are all guilty of this one! Ok, the chance of me leaving that behind in 2017 is pretty unrealistic.. However, I have promised myself to remember to *cheese alert* "admire someone elses beauty without questioning my own" . It is so easy in my job, on shoots and at castings, to look around and feel not good enough or inferior to other models around me. Again, on social media, it is easy to forget that you only see what they want you to see - their highlights, their best bits! Of course that is no judgement, we all do this, but it is about remembering that that's the reality of it and we shouldn't take it at face value.

"Don't compare your life to others. There's no comparison between the sun and the moon, they shine when it's their time"

No 3 - Setting unrealistic body goals
Hands up who else screenshots absolute mega babes in their bikinis because we just have to look like them? C'mon we are all guilty of the 'inspo screenshot' - either that or I'm just some serious cyber weirdo (if this is the case then feel free to tell me later). Well anyway, there's nothing unhealthy with this if it gives you the positive mentality and motivation to lets say, smash your next workout or cook a nutritiously healthy dinner. But the reality is that this just isn't always the case.
Personally, I find myself desiring the bodies of beach babes with the perfect hour-glass figure.. a shape that my body will never, can never become. And instead of it motivating me, I'll stand in front of the mirror hating my body and the fact that I just ate 3 bags of popcorn.
Yes I can train my back to make my waist appear smaller in order to give the illusion of an hour-glass shape. But at the end of the day, you can only improve what you have - and for me that is just not that body shape. And I'm learning to be ok with that. Something that we all should do too!
We all come in different shapes and sizes and there's beauty in every one of them.
So for 2018 I am going to put my hard work and focus into making my body the best it can be. Let's work with what we got!

Here's to a great 2018!

SJ
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