It’s Ok To Not Be Perfect!

Swan on Ladder Barrel

Swan on Ladder Barrel

“Remember, too, that ‘Rome was not built in a day,’ and that PATIENCE and PERSISTENCE are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.” -Joseph Pilates

 In our journey to self love and improving our health with both food and exercise please remember  it’s ok to not be perfect!!

In our journey of improving our health through diet and exercise and self love we unknowingly set ourselves up for failure by striving to be perfect in how we eat and or exercise. That is exhausting!! By that I mean do you feel guilty for eating a piece of chocolate? Do you beat yourself up for skipping a workout? How do you speak to yourself for a less than perfect day/meal?  Why should we put our mind and body through that stress or turmoil?

Remember your body hears everything your mind says. Think positive thoughts.

Believe me I understand all these feelings but as Mr Pilates has reminded us in  the above quote “Rome was not built in a day”. We need to be patient with ourselves and most of all not to give up!

Be happy with yourself for all the positive changes you make on daily basis, yes why not  congratulate yourself, give yourself a “pat on the back”. Changing/working on our health is a continuous process, we are all trying to do our best.

Keep making healthy choices, move your body daily, it can be running, dancing, Pilates, walking whatever you enjoy, whether it is 10 minutes, 30 minutes an hour.

Personally, the more I focus on nourishing my body with good clean food,  honoring  and listening to my body when it needs rest, being kind and gentle with myself the easier this journey becomes.

Let’s stay positive in our thoughts and thank our bodies for all it has accomplished.  And BE HAPPY!!

Feel free to leave a comment to keep this discussion going.

 

 

A Pilates Poem

I came across this poem a few years ago and fell in love with it.  This is truly how the method makes you feel.

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TRULY ALIGNED-AN ODE TO PILATES TEACHERS

 

Before- A disconnected being with wobbly, unfocused ways.

I sauntered life’s course like a subway train.

With tunnel vision, I had no map- only jerky stops and careless slouching.

Finally- A teacher took me by the hand and refined my awareness like grains of sand.

She said stop that habit and listen to me -there is a whole new way for you to be.

Then piece-by-piece, she stacked me up and I drank in wisdom from the Pilates cup.

Moving about with elegant control, I learned to feel the center of my soul.

Now- I live each movement with my breath, and stretch the boundaries of my existence.

I perceive no limits with my body or my mind

For I am now- Truly Aligned.

Author: Unknown.

 

Listen…To Your Body

LISTEN………….

I always tell my clients and myself to ‘listen to your body”.  Many times we wait until we are injured and either not able to workout or we have to scale our exercise sessions a lot.

When we are in our 20’s and  early 30’s we  are able to push our bodies to its limits and without our bodies giving us any “back talk” or push back. Basically our bodies did as it was told so to speak. But as you get older you realize you cannot workout the same way you did in earlier years, yes your body has a voice and its talking to you.   Sometimes it whispers to you with a little twinge or minor ache here and there, basically a warning that says “slow down, take it easy, I need a day off, be kind and gentle to me .” Sometimes we may listen and cut back but other times we are so focused on getting our workout in and wanting that intense sweat we “power/ push through it until an injury has derailed us and knocked us on your butt.

 

I am a firm believer in cross training and you can do this by incorporating  flexibility training in your weekly routines, for example Pilates is a fantastic method of exercise to add to your routine, it not only stretches you but it also strengthens you and more importantly it will keep your core strong and your spine flexible. As Joseph Pilates said ” You are only as young as your spine is flexible”.

 

Other ways to cross train is by adding cycling, swimming, dancing, hiking, hula hooping Barre exercises adding weight training if you are not already do this.

 

The other aspect of honoring and listening to our bodies is to feed it wholesome, nourishing food. Including lots of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats in our daily diets and always hydrate, drink your water.

Let us love, respect, nourish, mindfully care for and move our bodies so we are able to continue this journey of movement into our  80’s and 90’s.

 

Have you been listening?

 

Extras from around the web:

 

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