We are coming up to that time of year again.
First we will have Christmas, and all of the indulgence it brings with it.
Then there will be New Year’s Eve, the final excess of the season.
The TV adverts for diets and detoxes.
The celebrity exercise DVDs.
The pressure – from external sources and from within.
Being hard on ourselves.
Anyone familiar with my story will know that I found losing weight and finding fitness hard. I still do. I know that I always will.
I read this article at the weekend. I wanted to share it, not just because I found it inspirational, but because it also echoes my own lived experience over the last five years.
I have learned that there is no end goal, no finish line. That the path is not always a straight line – sometimes you fall back a little and that’s okay. I have learned that health and wellbeing is about caring for yourself and putting yourself first, something that many of us don’t do often enough. I have learned that when it comes to weight loss and fitness, we have everything we need inside ourselves, we just have to believe it. Most of all I have learned that there is no quick fix – there is only one race, and that is your own.
I am not perfect, but I am good enough.