what i’ve learned

It’s been about 3 months since I started this new journey, committing to taking care of myself as I get healthier and more fit. I’ve learned so much. I expected that. What has surprised me is the things I didn’t expect I would learn.
Going in to this process, I knew I would learn how to properly nourish my body. I would learn what types of exercise I enjoy and what is effective for me. I would learn what it takes to reach my health and fitness goals. I guess these are all pretty obvious things.
What I didn’t expect?
That I am capable of so much more than I thought.
That I CAN commit to something and stick to it.
That I ENJOY exercise. I just had to find what worked for me.
That I have the ability to inspire others just like me.
That food has SO much more to do with how we feel than I knew.
That I can feel good about myself even though I am still far from my goal.
That how I look doesn’t define me.
And a hard truth…not everyone will understand or support these changes. That is something I truly never expected.
I have always been a person that thrives from encouraging others. I love to cheer for my friends and people in my life. I know this is something God has given me specifically. And I love that I am able to do that on a broader scale these days.
Our current society really baffles me sometimes. From the safety of your computer you can bash and tear people down without any repercussions. Or so some seem to think. There is so much judgment of others, especially in an online community where people feel entitled to share their every thought and opinion without thinking of how it will be taken or perceived. It breaks my heart. 
I don’t want to beat a dead horse, because I know this has been talked about OVER AND OVER, but man we have got to stop ripping each other apart. Ladies, I’m talking to you. How do we ever expect people to feel good about themselves or feel motivated to reach for their goals when we are criticizing their every move? “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” No, you don’t need to be fake and be on board with everyone’s every decision, but you also need to take a step back before you throw your 2 cents in. 
Is what you are saying kind? 
Is it going to bring value to that person? 
Where is your heart? 
Are you truly wanting to reach out to this person to help them or are you just saying the first thing that comes to your mind without considering their feelings? 
I think if we all did a little more thinking and a lot less blurting out then life would be a lot happier. For you and for those you are speaking to.
On a personal note, feeling lack of support from people in my life has been a tough pill to swallow. I truly feel like I am taking steps to better myself, physically and emotionally. I want to be the best me I can be. Why wouldn’t people support that?! I wish I knew the answer. I just have had to come to terms with the fact that it probably has nothing to do with me and a lot more to do with how them. And there is nothing I can do to change someone’s opinion. 
I just have to be me and live everyday relishing in the truth that Christ is in me, and my expression of that is ENOUGH. I am ENOUGH. I need to live out what is true about me and not worry about how others may or may not like it. 
Do I like me? Yes. 
Does Jesus like me?  Yes. Always. 
THAT is what is important at the end of the day. 
I hope you will relish in that truth today and learn to LOVE YOU.

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