Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Be Easy On Yourself...

And I, on myself!


You know...

Every day we do our best to be our best in all that we do so...

We really need to learn to be easy on our overall selves a little more.

I swear...

Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves that we don't even see how great we really are because...

We are so blindsided by the way we think we ought to be.

What we need to remember is...

We are amazing, always.

And...

We have to stop striving for perfection because...

It doesn't exist.

We are who we are and...

We need to be happy with the person we have grown to be and will become through our life experiences(Through the good, not-so-good and everything that may come in-between!)

We need to slow it all down and...

Realize that instead of rushing to get to the finish line...

To pace ourselves in reaching that line we are so very eager to cross. (Even before we get started!)

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When it comes to health, fitness and life (in many ways)...

It's so easy to get consumed by everything we read which may lead to our...

Developing certain perceptions of what we ought to be and/or look like!

But...

At the end of the day, what matters most is that...

We put our best foot forward in keeping ourselves happy and healthy by...

Keeping our bodies FUelled with good food, exercise, and the perfect imbalance that life may present us with.

I workout. I feed my body good. And, I'm happy.
I don't rock a 6 pack all year round.
I rock a healthy body.

Consistency goes a long way in all that we do so...

We have to keep working at whatever it is we are striving for day in and day out. (In other words, not give up when the going gets tough!)

And if it does get tough (and if you do get off-track because it can happen)...

We have to remember to breathe and realize that...

It's not the end of world if things don't go necessarily as planned.

That...

We didn't fail.

We aren't weak.

And that in fact...

We are strong because...

We will not give up.

We will keep on going and...

We will be easy on ourselves through it all because...

We can't afford not to be! (Cut yourself some slack would ya?!)

**This is something I work at every day because I know I can be hard on myself; I'll be the first to admit it (although I came to think about it more when SuperFit told me that I have a tendency to be way too hard on my very self when it comes to certain things - as easy going as I may be). So because of this, I've been making a point every day to be easier on myself in all that I do. It's in fairness to my overall being.**

Now take a sip back. Relax.
And enjoy the ride.

Questions FU You...

Are you hard on yourself?
How will you cut yourself some slack?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

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43 comments:

  1. every post you write like this, i'm like YES YES YES!!!

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  2. I joke about about being TYPE B---but Im not really kidding.
    Im probably too too gentle on me.
    and Im ok with that.

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    1. I'd like to be more gentle. I'm working on it :)

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  3. "Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves that we don't even see how great we really are " Truth!

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  4. Great post! I've gotten much better at being kind to myself in the last few years, but it does take some work!

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    1. Absolutely. And the work is worthwhile :)

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  5. I'm way to hard on myself. I feel like instead of celebrating any acheivement I punish myself for slipping up somehow. It's like I'm always pushing to be better, that who I am isn't good enough...I wish I could learn to love who I am and accept it

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    1. Self-love is so important. I've been through phases in my life where I struggled with self-love and, I really had to search within to get out of that mindset. The mindset where I believed I wasn't good enough because of this or that. We are all beautiful (and I don't just mean appearance). We need to open our eyes to see it once and for all! xoxox

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  6. I really needed this post! I've been so hard on myself as I'm dealing with this hip and knee injury. Thanks for these words Kierston!

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    1. Take good care of yourself Mindy! xo

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  7. Yes - I'm very hard on myself. I think in a way it helps me strive to be the best form of me that I can be and in another way, it is like you said, we can really beat ourselves down. Not sure where the line is - trying!!!

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    1. The line is definitely not clear, but we have to continue working hard no matter what and be easy on ourselves as we progress forward.

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  8. I'm usually pretty good about not being so hard on myself. My husband, on the other hand, is awful. So we talk about stuff like this all the time. I can see how it can be difficult to unlearn the habit. Great post as usual.

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  9. Love this post so much. I'm always too hard on myself so it's great to read posts like this to give myself a reminder.

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  10. Yes! Or my body will yell at me! We have high expectations of awesomeness it seems ;)

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  11. This is EXACTLY how I am feeling right now! Thank you for articulating so well how I am feeling as well! We can work on it together!

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  12. I know I often expect a lot of myself. I am trying to be grateful for my health and my body every day. And sometimes that means taking a step back and relaxing!

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    1. Absolutely. Rest does the body good. <3

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  13. lor-DY yes i am hard on myself! way too hard! every time my mind tells me something bad about myself i try to throw two good things back at it. the thing is i never have trouble coming up with the two good things. what does that tell you! i'm sure that writing this post gave you great inspiration to be easier on yourself because it sure did inspire me.

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    1. It did. Thank you for your comment. I think it's so important to trump what believe to be our 'negatives' with positives! xo

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  14. You know my perfectionist tendencies loves this post. Way too hard on myself most of the time. Working on it though. Reminding myself that no one is perfect and we all make mistakes is definitely helpful. Thanks for the post beauty <3

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    1. No one is perfect. We all make mistakes. It's up to us to learn from them, learn and move on....all while being easy on ourselves. In other words, not beating ourselves up.

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  15. I am completely, utterly, totally hard on myself. With 2 weeks out, I keep beating myself up mentally every day that it's almost become second nature - it's SO hard not to... no matter how much my friends and family tell me to stop doing that to myself.

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    1. Gail, you have to realize how much progress you have made since you first committed yourself to the lifestyle and your goal. It's so inspiring, and you have inspired many others because of it. You have worked so hard and your passion, commitment and dedication have shun throughout your journey. Focus yourself on everything you've learned and how much you have grown since you first began. You know I'm always around if you wanna chat xo

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  16. Well said! I am getting better when it comes to how hard I am on myself, but when it comes to friends and many of my clients, I feel so much halted progress in fitness or movement in life because they beat themselves up so much...A great reminder. Thanks for this post!

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    1. I hear ya. I mean, I've done it to myself countless times. Beating myself up over things I shouldn't. I'm learning to be easier on myself every single day. It's making me happier as a result <3

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  17. Perfection?!?! What's that. I wouldn't strive for something I know nothing about! That sounds like a headache!

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  18. So glad you pointed out consistency--it really is the key. All the rest then falls into place!

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  19. I'm Always way to hard on myself! I'm always trying to the best person I can be and on top of that always wanting to make everyone else as happy too. I have been working on not being so hard on myself and just enjoying life, not pushing myself so hard! Anytime something negative goes into my head I just tell it something positive and kind of laugh it off, it definitely helps!

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  20. Very well said- definitely am hard on myself and always have been my own worst critic especially with my running and training. I'm trying to go into things more positively and focus on the little victories.

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    1. And I think that's so important.

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  21. Great post as always!! Yes, I have always been too hard on myself & I am always a work in progress on this front. :)

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  22. i agree, as i always do with you. To just be .. no pressure. no expectations. That's the best representation of who we are. Gentle, easy, loving. <3

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  23. Oh how I miss you.... One, you are totally a hoodlum. LOL.

    Two: I'm a runner so I am extremely hard on myself and it's mostly based on that little clock that sits above the finish line of races. Sometimes it brings great joy, sometimes it brings great sadness. It's relenting... but I love it.

    It may take a few days to "let things go" but I always come back to what makes me happy.

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  24. I am super hard on myself and I seldom cut myself any slack. I really need to work on that.

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  25. I think I'm my own worst enemy sometimes which is not right at all. I need to be more own advocate and protector. It's a work in progress and definitely something that's gotten better with age.

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  26. Such a great reminder, I am so kind and nice to others but can be the complete opposite to myself sometimes. I always want to do well at things I think it is the Type A tendencies in me so when I don't I am always very hard on myself and look at what I could or should have done better. I'm trying hard to remember to just enjoy the moment and be a bit nicer to myself and remember that being perfect isn't what it is cracked up to be and it is much better to just have fun.

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  27. Your posts always put a smile on my face because they are usually just what I need to hear and remember. When we remember to be nice to ourselves, we can but our best foot forward for others.

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  28. I love, love, love your perspective and I am so very grateful for your reminders! I get sucked into this monstrous mental vortex of self-loathing because I'm so far from where I want to be.....but the truth is- I'm right where I NEED to be. The journey is the important part, not the destination!
    xoxo!!

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