There Mary stood standing in the mirror thinking, "I absolutely hate the way my tummy looks today... I just wish it could be flatter. And my hair, ugh! I can't stand to even look at myself anymore. I wonder if other people think I look as horrible as I think I look."
Can you relate to Mary in some way? Even if you are a man, there is always a point in time were we as people forget that we are valuable--deserving of a better outlook and opportunity at life. So, rather than beating up on yourself today, let's work together to discover and apply these 3 simple steps to enjoying (and deserving) a much healthier lifestyle.
#1): Realize that you are ENOUGH!
As crazy as this may sound, you must first realize that you are ENOUGH in order to begin taking care of yourself.
So many times we allow the clutter of each day and the phases of life to destroy our self-worth, which in turn makes us feel unworthy of self-care and self-love. However, there is HOPE! Once you consciously begin to place and direct your thoughts, decisions and emotions upon what you truly desire to see and attract into your life, you will begin to see greater results.
#2): Set 15-30 minutes aside, each day, to have "You Time."
Now that you are in the process of realizing your "enough-ness" as I like to call it, you must create times to take care of yourself. This may be time to exercise, meditate, sit still, relax and unwind, read, etc. You can truly customize this time to your needs. The point of this session is basically to "shut out the noise" of the outside world, and focus on yourself. I know... this probably goes against EVERYTHING you've ever heard before. However, as a frequent traveler, I often reflect upon the flight attendants' annoying little message which goes something like this: "In the event we lose cabin pressure, gently tug on the mask above you to start the flow of oxygen. Place the mask over you mouth and nose and adjust it by pulling the straps. Be sure to put on your mask FIRST before you attempt to help someone else."
I used to think this sounded selfish. But then I realized something very valuable: If I do not help myself FIRST, I will never be in a position to help someone else effectively--even those I love. Therefore, you MUST set aside 15 to 30 minutes each day to have "me time." You need it, and it will help you to be more productive, and to become the best, healthiest version of yourself. In essence, you have to "Love and accept yourself unconditionally" that no matter what comes up, you will love yourself enough to take care of yourself.
As I learned from Cole Bombino, "[You] must fill up [your] own "Love Tank" before [you] attempt to keep pouring out Love to everyone else." When you do that, you will uncover your own POWER, and realize how wonderful and "enough" you really are.
(I strongly suggest doing your "Me Time" session in the morning to really Kick-Start your day!)
#3): Detox, Cleanse, or Make Time to Stretch/Exercise.
Exercise does NOT need to be dreadful. In fact, after you apply #1 and #2, you should find yourself approaching it with a smile more and more each day. So, if you are just getting started on your "Healthy Living" journey, try something easy like a smoothie cleanse or 7-day detox. (Click here for links to great, delicious detox and smoothie recipes! : http://f6afbwnotxo8vra6tzhl74mxyh.hop.clickbank.net/ AND http://41e4arot-6oc-dbffgzjzk883o.hop.clickbank.net/).
After you get your feet wet, so to speak, with these simple tips, start integrating great, simple exercises for 5-10 minutes, then ramp it up to 15-20 or even 30 minutes each morning.
(As always, also remember to check back in with 4Evr Bless Healthy Living, as more will be posted about exercises for your "target areas" as well as core exercises that will help you according to your body type, etc.).
Again, remember to realize that you MUST invest in yourself first, in order to be the most productive, best version of yourself.
"The best investment you can make is ALWAYS in yourself. It's always worth it." - Unknown