BEING KINDER TO MY BODY.

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I’ve had several ups and downs on my ‘body journey’ but without going into too much detail, I’ve had long periods of time going from binge-eating for comfort, to really restricted eating and lots of over-exercising. I really do think this part of my life is somewhat finished now and it makes me so sad to think how I treated my body.

Over the past year I’ve really developed a balance with my relationship to food and exercise- and that’s mostly down to yoga. I practice it in some form almost daily, and it reminds me to be kind to myself, to know when to push harder and to know when to slow down. It makes me a more happier person. There’s so many yoga and fitness/balance inspirations out there that help to guide me on my way, so I’ll be sure to link them all down below.

Yoga isn’t just about doing stretches in lycra, its much more than that. Its kind of like a lifestyle. Being kind to your body, and treating it well in all ways.

I recently read a tweet that says the famous motto ‘you never regret a workout’ which personally, I find so triggering. I might be the only one here, but when I hear that it brings back old thoughts and unhealthy patterns. The way I see it, if you’re denying your body rest and the nutrients/fats it needs to function, then working out on top of that is so dangerous. I just wanted to add this in here incase anyone else out there feels the same, your not alone! Rest days are also key, never feel guilty for letting your body recuperate.

I’m so much more kinder to my body now, and whenever I see one of my family members over-doing it in general life, I always like to remind them that you only have one body. Its so so important to cherish, nourish and look after it.

I hope if your reading this after you haven’t worked out all week and just ate a Mcdonalds, girl thats totally fine. We allĀ deserve treats. Never feel guilty about food. I’ve been down that road, and I know its just not worth it.

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Links:

Zanna Van Dijk

Jessica Olie

Yoga Girl

Yoga With Adriene

Cat Meffan

My post about not weighing myself anymore

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  • Amy Eade

    I love yoga with Adrienne! Luckily I’m much kinder to my body (and my mind) these days – I used to be really obsessive with food but now I just make sure I’m being healthy as well as having the odd McDonald’s!
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

    • NatalieLeanne

      Me too, especially as a teenager! I think getting a bit older helps with it all and you understand balance and moderation a little bit more! xx

  • IsobelleJane

    Beautifully written and inspiring šŸ’• I’m so glad to hear you’ve found balance in your life, Zara and yoga with Adrienne are amazing

    Emily

    • NatalieLeanne

      Thank you for reading Emily!

  • Diana Maria

    I completely agree! That phrase, you never regret a workout, it brings me back to when I became very close to developing an ED. I’m working to love my body now more than ever, and I am so glad you’re doing the same, and encouraging others to do so! You’re beautiful and I hope you know that Natalie xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

    • NatalieLeanne

      I’m glad you understand Diana, I thought it was just me who had a problem with that quote, I don’t think people realise how triggering it can be. I hope your body journey is going fab! Thank you lovely lady for such a kind comment xxx

  • I’ve also been on quite the journey with my body, and I can see why that tweet is triggering to you. It is to me too!
    Learning to love my body has been SUUUCH a process, and I’ve only really started to love and take care of myself in the past year (I also do some light yoga)!

    You’re gorgeous, I hope you keep being kind to your body <3

    xo
    Srna
    http://www.acrushonlife.com

    • NatalieLeanne

      Thank you so much Srna, you are a babe! I hope you are doing fantastic my love! xxx

  • Susan Tran

    We’ve also jumped into yoga this past couple years and it’s AMAZING what it’s done for our headspace. We initially started it for the body benefits, and stayed for the calm it brought to our busy lives. It has also helped me slow down and become more grateful for my life. Such an amazing thing!

    Susie | http://milehighdeamers.com

    • NatalieLeanne

      Yes it really helps me with slowing down too and appreciating the little things, it’s such a blessing in my life! x

  • I’ve been binge eating a lot lately and I think I should be serious with doing workouts already. Sigh.

    http://www.glimmerofhappiness.wordpress.com

    • NatalieLeanne

      Oh no, don’t force yourself if your heart isn’t in it! Maybe find a different activity you enjoy more?

  • I always feel so much better when I’m in a good routine with doing yoga. Yoga with Adriene is my go-to guru – I find her videos so soothing

    Steph – http://www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

    • NatalieLeanne

      Me too, she’s the best! xx

  • YES. Cheering for you, friend.

  • Rosie Mau šŸ¦

    Amazing and honest post! It’s so hard to get out of a viscous cycle like that but you’ve done it! Well done for knowing that something needs to change. Really happy for you šŸ™‚

    I just wrote a post on body shaming and body positivity. If you’d like to have a look, it’s over at rosiemau.com

    šŸ™‚

    x