You wanna know something I think a lot about? Something I never thought much about at ALL before recovery?
How my body’s changed.
Not “how my body’s CHANGED,” but “HOW my body’s changed.”
Does that make any sense?
I don’t mean how my thighs have gotten bigger, or how my belly has gotten softer, I’m talking about the way my brain processes the things about me that are different, and how those changes came about.
I was older than some, 24, when my anorexia reared it’s head but it had been hibernating in the quiet comfort of diet culture and socially ingrained fatphobia since I was a little girl. And I was even older when I started recovery.
👉🏼 But something I never realized until later was that my body wasn’t a static thing.
It grows. It ages. It expands and it shrinks and it bends. My body now does not look like the body I had at age 8 or 18, and nor will it look like the body I exist in at 48 or 88. 🙌🏼 MY BODY IS MINE AND IT GROWS WITH ME. 🙌🏼
By trying to hold on to the idea that I need to look a certain way to be happy, by believing the lie that only thinness and youngness is beautiful, that sets me up for FAILURE from day one. I cannot possibly attain the distorted, disordered ideal that society and my anorexia want me to.
I am not a model in a magazine. I am not a mannequin with disproportionately sculpted features. I will not forever look 18 years old.
And REALIZING this was game-changing. ⚡️ Because THE MOMENT WE STOP TRYING TO TURN OURSELVES INTO SOMETHING ELSE is the MOMENT WE CAN START LOVING WHO WE ARE. ⚡️
It took me so long to be able to look in the mirror and say, Gina, you’re a 31 year old woman who’s trying her best and you are fucking sexy because of that, inside and out.
But I got there.
Not every day, not all the time,
but I’ve got the rest of my life to keep trying.
We can't control what others say nor do but we can always control wether we decide to give ppl value or not. Know your value kid. Usually when ppl make fun of others it's usually bc they are insecure about themselves. None the less it's painful, it's not right and it should be heavily penalized in every school but unfortunately bullying doesn't only happen in school, it happens and it continues throughout your life. Focus your energy on preparing your mind so that you stand strong when you encounter the weak and contaminated minds out there. We are here for you!!! #stopbullying#mindset#mentalhealth
I talk about health a lot, but when I mention being healthy, I mean more than just the physical body.
Health is more than how you look and feel physically.
Health is about your mind, body, and spirit.
And some days, not all of those things are in line.
And that’s okay.
The thing with depression/ mental illness is, it doesn’t ask you “is now a good time?” Do you want to spend tomorrow or Friday crying in bed?
Are you ready to spend today fake smiling?
*lights, camera, action*
You go and you keep going and you keep going and going.
Mental health is a bit of a taboo because it is misunderstood.
People who don’t understand will say, snap out of it or cheer up.
Not because they don’t care, but only because they do not understand.
And that’s okay.
Know that if you’re struggling out there- I understand you and my heart is with you.
Take care of your mental health in order to continue taking care of your physical health.
It may not be easy and it may take time, but things will get better.
Just know that you are understand by some of us.
You’re not crazy.
You’re not alone.
You are needed and loved.
When I find myself falling into the darkness I talk about it to people who understand. I get out in nature. I sleep. I drink water and I start listing all the beautiful things in my life I have. I draw. I sing. I write about it.
It’s not a remedy that may work for you, but it’s how I cope.
Finding a coping method is just as important as making a plan for the Gym. It’s essential to being successful in this. And you can be successful. You can. You can. You can.
That’s my “health” tip for the day, and I hope those of you who need it take it into consideration and know I love you dearly.
And those of you who do understand, thank you for understanding.❤️
LA may be known for its iconic pink wall but my local Pet Barn in Aus has a killaaa yellow wall!!⚡️🍋🐝🌻🌼✨
Shoes & bodysuit: @boohooaus
Knitted sweaters, leggings and hot chocolate are all a must this time a year for me 💜
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"I Wish I Could Tell My Friends That I'm Autistic"
Today's session brought me to tears.
I conducted my last school seminar for the year today and it was a confronting one. Encouraging teenagers to be honest in a school setting is an amazing feat and hundreds opened up about their feelings about who they feel they need to be versus what they want to be like. "Honesty is such a lonely word. Everyone is so untrue." - Billy Joel
Every morning, I tell myself: say yes to breakfast✨And I really hope it brings you comfort to know that this is a daily thing. We're not alone and we are simply trying to treat ourselves and our relationships with food with more kindness each day. My struggle with food has been around since age 10 and those binge cycles can really stick with you. Because of that, I learned to constantly feel a sense of regret when it came to eating.
But I know this now: encouraging myself to eat will help lessen that guilt. It will remove that burden of shame that we don't deserve to feel. Eating can be funky, but we have the power to make choices every day that help us to break the cycles. Slowly but surely, choosing breakfast has helped me realize that we deserve to eat, we deserve to feel comfortable with eating, and THAT gives us the power to change and heal.
Gift yourself patience and understanding through your recovery. It's gonna be messy but delicious and wonderful if you simply just try to try 💕
Therapy has helped me realize so much of this and my youtube recovery diary series shows you all of that
📽 youtube: kellyufit
THE MINDFUL YOGI DIET. Food has a big impact on the mind, think about how sweet foods give that instant mental rush. But what is good and bad for the mind? Did you know that Yogi's don't eat garlic or onions? According to both yogis and Ayurvedic doctors, garlic agitates and dulls the mind and the lower chakras. Yogis divide the energy of foods into these three categories:
1) Sattvik (pure, balanced foods) these foods are great for both the body and the mind. Energetically they are pure, light, clear, calming, harmonizing and promote wakefulness. Such foods include most vegetables, grains, milk, ghee, beans, fruits, etc.
2) Rajasik (energetic) foods are OK or good for the body, but may or may not be good for the mind, depending on the time of the day and the quantity taken. Rajasik foods are energetically cloudy, turbulent, they agitate and disturbs the emotion. Such foods include chocolate, coffee, black tea, and many hot spices.
3) Tamasik (dull) foods are generally not good for the body and not at all good for the mind. Tamasik foods are dulling and create lethargy and heaviness. Meat, fish and eggs are classified as tamasik foods, so is garlic and onions.
Think about what you eat? How do certain food types make you feel mentally and during mediation? As a reminder, this post is about how food makes your mind feel. Many Tamasik foods ARE good for the body such as eggs and fish.
*Long, soppy, personal post ahead.* It's a part of my story that I'm not ashamed or afraid of anymore, nor should I be. 😝📓💜 A few years ago I was really struggling to see the bright side of life. Making it through a full day without breaking down and crying over nothing was a rare occurrence. I saw nothing but faults in me, so I isolated myself and went through a very dark & lonely time. I remember telling my mum one day with tears running down my face that I felt like I'd gone colour-blind to life, unable to see anything positive anymore like I used to. She told me that one day the colours will come back brighter than ever. She said that I'd learn to love myself again & find peace with life. She said I'd find someone amazing to share everything with and I'd find the meaning of happiness. She was right (as usual!) The ups and the downs are all part of this crazy amazing life. We just have to stick around to see them out. @dyl_bisho113 💗 #happydays#finally#colours#mentalhealth#ruok#talk#love#life
I must admit my 2017 has had some of my biggest life challenges yet, I keep them largely to myself, take time to work through them physically & emotionally, gain the love & support from friends & family who I adore for their patience & wisdom. There have been many occasion I have wanted to throw the towel in, but giving up is not an option, growing stronger is 🙏🏼learning, growing, evolving, trusting the universe. It’s a cliche but you learn a lot about yourself, how strong you can be through the challenges and appreciate each day is a beautiful gift, you never know what tomorrow will bring, maybe it will be your greatest day 💚#thebestisyettocome#shinebrightlikeadiamond#mondaymotivation#smile#mentalhealth#lovelife
So damn free!
Which country should I travel to next?! 🌏🍃✌❤
11/12/17 - had a tough day today where I felt guilty for eating everything and felt a strong desire to exercise to compensate// also, in your recovery, did it ever suddenly hit you how many goals you had set and how many fear foods had popped up? It hit me today how scared I had become of really random things: orange juice, tea with milk, pasta, eating breakfast, going over 1000 cals, anything fried - like what!? But I LOVE tea? And I LOVE hot chips? 😫 Time to reclaim my life 🦄
The holiday season is here. And it can be a challenging and stressful time for all of us. For any amongst us who who might be experiencing a mental illness, they can be even more vulnerable to experiencing increased stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness during the festive period. If we have have lost loved ones during the previous year (or ever), Christmas can amplify feelings of grief, loss and sadness.
In an attempt to alleviate some of this stress, Hope Street Cards will be bringing you some tips and tricks to help keep you mentally healthy this holiday season. Here they come ... 1. Pace and Planning.
Try not to get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of all things Christmas. It’s way anxiety-provoking. Christmas is not a race. Take it at your own pace and plan ahead.
Leaving things to the last minute can cause unnecessary stress. Planning ahead can save you time and money. Write some lists – jobs to do, presents to buy, groceries you need, people you’d like to see. Lists are excellent, because once they’re written it often feels like the jobs nearly done – winning!
Give yourself or someone you love the gift of health.
WEEK 5 REFLECTION. Five weeks already sheesh. Cruise this week, will keep it up. 2.6! Finally got some decent numbers. Shout out to @plunkettdarcy for a few tips. So EXERCISE this week was where the change was at. I (admittedly tentatively) challenged myself with harder workouts and found that I could do more. So I'm definitely going to keep it up. Every other day will be a rest day, however I still need to work towards my goals on those days. FOOD and SELF CARE and planning and just generally taking care of myself and making sure I don't derail myself. I think that this week I want to start to look at some mid-term goals. Tbh I haven't really thought beyond Day 100. And apparently life will continue thereafter and so I need to figure out how I want to move forward and start acting accordingly. #weightloss#weightlossjourney#mentalhealth#progress#stepbystep#spreadsheet#numbers#100dayswithmisi#challengeyourself#keeponkeepingon#cruise
You don’t have to always have it all together. You don’t have to follow a conventional path. You are entitled to a life that makes you happy. It’s okay if things fall apart, if it all goes wrong; just as long as you keep on going. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, who hear you. Perseverance is key. One day at a time. #selflove#depression#anxiety#mentalhealth#awareness
It is important how to learn to trust and listen to your gut. Two years ago I left something which I had built with passion and hardwork, It was a difficult and painful decision, but I knew it was time to move on. Two years later I couldn’t be happier and simply loving the new adventure I have created and the exciting times ahead. So if you feel the voice in your gut is telling you to move on and take that risk, listen to it and you too may find yourself on a new pathway. #lovemyjob 💜
Low hanging cloud dangling lightly above a lonely crater along the track to Kitchen Hut, on Cradle Mountain. The morning began with a misty spray of precipitation and plenty of gust, but within a couple of hours the sun was spurting and the birds were chirping. Such is the marvellous magic of Cradle. No matter what you might be going through, no matter how hard things in your life might be, all that matters on a day on this Mountain is how many photos you can fit in. Walking has statistical evidence to improve health and most astoundingly, walking in nature can do wonders for your mental health. With views like this there’s certainly no wonder why. So leave your worries on hold at home, put on your shoes and come to Cradle Country to roam.👟⛰ ——• @theadvocatetas @tasmania
Wise words to think about as we come to a close to 2017.
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It takes courage to go after what you want, be brave and take a risk, you never know what might happen 💓