This week I completed my 100th ride at Zephyr, an indoor cycling studio here in Bozeman. It combines an AMAZING workout in a funky cool setting, and some awesome instructors.
I started riding at Zephyr in the beginning of January and in about 5 and 1/2 months I cycled my 100th class, so I am pretty impressed with myself! 😉
I want to use this post of finding a fitness routine that I absolutely love to address body image and how just one place really changed the perspective I had about myself.
I have always struggled with body image. I can remember feeling self-conscious in dance class when I was little. Right there that’s a red flag and can not be healthy. My struggles continued through high school, college, and pretty much until about a month ago.
I have done a lot of unhealthy things to be super skinny, which I know in the long term only had a negative effect on my health.
For those who have been keeping up with my blog also know that about a year and a half ago was when my mental health started to shift and I gained weight. I was really feeling bad about myself. There was a point where I felt that everyone was judging me for how I looked and that was not a good feeling on top of all the stress and anxiety I had.
Both men and women struggle with body image, but how can we build ourselves up and just feel good?
Zephyr, quitting my job, and a super supportive boyfriend helped me, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what you need to find. What I do know is that as soon as I started feeling healthy there was a shift in my entire life.
I am no expert, but I do want to share the changes that I made to start feeling good!
First I really looked at who I surrounded myself with and who’s comments to take to heart. My boyfriend was always there to build me up. Whether it was a “you look great today,” or an “I just want you to be healthy,” hearing those messages is so helpful. Especially when you are having as much self doubt as I was.
Second, I found something that made me feel healthy and good. That was Zephyr. For you it could be yoga or walking your dog. Really anything that gets you moving, because I believe Elle Woods set it best in ‘Legally Blonde’ “Exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy….”
The third thing I did was change my diet. Now, I am not going to tell you to give up ice cream or pizza because I certainly did not! However, I do find myself eating healthier and not having a diet super high in processed sugars has actually helped my anxiety. I used to pop a sugar cookie in my mouth or order sugar filled coffee drinks and it used to give me crazy anxiety and I had some bad crashes. Eating foods with actual nutritional value has improved my mood, and cut back cravings. All going back to just feeling healthy!
Just these three things helped me so much! I could bombard you with more, but nobody wants to read that long 😉 !
Let’s just keep building each other up and here’s to the next 100 rides!