Don’t let your mind bully your body. One of the ways we most often allow this to happen is by giving the mirror too much power. From personal experience, I used to let whatever my mind thought it saw in my reflected image completely dictate the worth of my day. I no longer let the mirror bully me in this way, but I do find myself tempted from time to time, which is something I would rather not admit, but I do so because of the nature of this blog. I am committed to bringing light to the body image and food issues that no one else will talk about, and understanding the fluctuating reflection that you might see in the mirror is one of them.
Please remember that on any given day your body can retain 4-7lbs of water weight. The real world interpretation of this? You will have days in which you look super ripped in the mirror, and days where you don’t. Some days you will feel and look slightly bloated, others, you will look normal. If you are a woman, add hormonal fluctuations to this and be prepared for your body to fluctuate as well. Do NOT let what you think you see in the mirror bully your mind or determine the value of your day.
We spend too much mental energy thinking about ways in which we can reshape our bodies instead of learning to accept our bodies for how they are today in their fluctuating state of wonderfulness. Take pride in how you invest in caring for your body, but, whatever you do, stop your mind the moment it starts bullying your body and put the bully to rest.