Love Yourself First

“You cannot pour from an empty cup”

In other words, you can’t help others who need you if you aren’t taking care of yourself.Β I want you to focus on you. It’s not selfish. It’s mandatory. I am not suggesting that you forget about your loved ones, your spouse, your kids, etc… I am just reminding you to not forget about YOU!

Now here is the not so popular/politically correct version…you can love yourself, but still, want to change.

In today’s society, we hear about loving yourself and being accepting of what and who you are right now. But it ends there. Don’t get me wrong, I agree 1000% with that.

However, wanting to change – especially for the sake of health – is also something that you can do, and frankly, it is the best form of self-love that you can show for yourself.

Being unhealthy is disrespectful to you, and your body – and it is disrespectful to those who care about you.

Maybe you have loved ones, friends, or family, who continue down a path of self-destruction, through their habits, their lifestyle, and their overall choices. They continue to ignore the signs of their body screaming at them for help, they continue to ignore the fact that they are slowing down…

So why would you do this to yourself? Do you have people who depend on you? Do you have people who love you, people who care about you? I know you do.

One of the truly most SELFISH things you can do is accept your current unhealthy state and do nothing. That is NOT self-love.

That is accepting SELF DESTRUCTION and SELF ABUSE, and if you don’t care enough about yourself, I bet there are others who do.

Maybe you don’t see yourself as unhealthy right now. Maybe you have time on your side. But look at those who are 20,30,40 years older…some of these situations don’t happen overnight, and the cost of them isn’t felt immediately.

However, we cannot deny the facts. Facts that point out the health risks of certain lifestyles, mortality, and morbidity rates.

SO what to do? Choose to change. Choose to TRULY love yourself.

You didn’t get to where you are overnight, so don’t try to fix it overnight. Create a sustainable plan, that is slow and steady and focus on one thing at a time.

But you must commit to it. No wishy-washyΒ “trying”.Β  You need to commit to change and take action now.

Chase progress, not perfection. Make one little improvement every single day, and you will be amazed at what you can do in a year.

As long as you stay committed, and stay in line with your mission, goals, and end result…you will get there, and you will feel a heck of a lot better about loving yourself AND seeing how much more you can show your love for others.

Commit to fitness.

Start now. Like NOW now. Get up, gimme 10 squats. Great! Now do it again tomorrow!

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Commit to nutrition. What can you do at your next meal to make it just a little healthier?

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πŸ€”πˆπ“ πƒπŽπ„π’πβ€™π“ 𝐇𝐀𝐕𝐄 π“πŽ π’π”π‚πŠβ£β£ ⁣⁣ Classic β€œπ˜©π˜¦π˜’π˜­π˜΅π˜©π˜Ί π˜£π˜³π˜¦π˜’π˜¬π˜§π˜’π˜΄π˜΅β€. Oatmeal.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Make it with water. And eat it – if this works for you that’s great, but most people might get pretty sick of this really fast.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ But make it with water, add some tasty protein, a little fruitπŸ‘πŸ’πŸ₯­πŸ“πŸŒπŸŽπŸ, and some calorie free flavors and now we have a 𝐰𝐑𝐨π₯𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐰 π›πšπ₯π₯ 𝐠𝐚𝐦𝐞.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ This is only one of many possibilities, but as you learn more about food, what’s in what and what tastes like what, this allows you to explore the culinary world much more and still stay within your goals.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #makefoodfunagain #healthybreakfast #breakfast #oats #oatmealbowl #yogurt #fruit #appleadaykeepsthedoctoraway #cinnamon #rdapproved

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