Mondays can be hard sometimes but I like to start off the week with both a reflection of my actions and an intention for the week. I have found that this allows me to live a more purposeful life in the midst of a chaotic world. Here’s this Monday’s mediation focus:
Have I made certain that the people in my life feel loved?
Relationships are gems this world offers. We must put forth effort to polish them on a consistent basis to keep them valuable. What have you done lately, or can possibly do this week to reach out and make sure your loved ones know they are precious to you.
I believe it’s time I made a lot of people mad. Specifically all the big wigs in the cosmetics, weight loss, fitness, clothing, and plastic surgery industries. You see there is a myth that has been secretly floating around behind the scenes for decades now that is costing Americans $100 billion a year and rising. This myth is straining our relationships, effecting our production rate at work, and costing us years of good quality life. The myth that so many CEO’s want you to believe in is that you are not enough. You are not pretty enough, muscular enough, sexy enough, stylish enough, skinny enough, toned enough, or good enough.
You see when we believe these messages that are given to us many times a day from many different avenues, we do whatever it takes to change ourselves. This includes putting make-up on, buying brand named clothing, purchasing gym memberships and diet pills, and even going under the knife to reduce or enhance specific areas on our bodies.
Now let’s pause for a quick minute and address the question that arose in your head just now. “How can you say all this when YOU, Dr. Katie, work in a gym and help people lose weight?” “Aren’t you being hypocritical?” No, I’m not and here’s why. I work in the wellness not the beauty industry. My mission is to help individuals on their journey in become the fullest versions of themselves….not a clone of the most popular celebrity. I help them reach their potential, not to fulfill an expectation placed on them by a friend or family member. Working in a gym helps me accomplish my mission by giving me ample resources to reverse the brainwashing done by this detrimental myth and help clients see food and exercise in a healthy way instead of as a necessity to increase their worth.
Ok that’s out of the way let’s continue. There is so much Krazy Talk spewing from this myth it’s overwhelming. However, I’ll just speak to the 2 main reasons I believe everyone should stop believing it ASAP: Firstly, you are enough exactly as you are! Let me repeat that as it is the most important sentence I’ve written thus far. You are enough exactly as you are! Now do we all have areas of growth such as a need for more patience, better time management skills, and perhaps making our health a priority? Yes of course. None of us our perfect, including me (did I really just admit that?!) and we aren’t meant to be. Your self-worth is not tied to your ability to look good in a bathing suit believe it or not. You are enough because you were born and are innately deserving and worthy of love, joy, and peace. Your dog believes this…why don’t you?
Secondly, you will never feel like you are good enough if you continue to believe in this myth. The standards that you are reaching for are impossible and unrealistic. You see the CEO’s know this and they are banking (literally) on you never obtaining what you are told you need to obtain so you will continue to buy-in to the myth and purchase their products. Stop it right now!
This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) which is charged with the task to shedding light on the millions of Americans who suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder. In honor of EDAW, I’m choosing to help fight against this Krazy Talk myth by sharing my personal Good Enough Proclamation. I encourage you to do the same!
Good Enough Proclamation
I’m Good Enough Because: I have sound morals and values.
I was raised in a family that taught me to be honest, love others even when they are different than you, have a hard work ethic, and live a life of service.
I’m Good Enough Because: I surround myself with positive people.
I chose friends that support me, build me up, and help me stay accountable in my efforts to living an authentic life.
I’m Good Enough Because: I work in a rewarding career.
Each day I get the opportunity to give back by mentoring students, providing sound nutrition and exercise programming, and helping individuals reach their goals.
I’m Good Enough Because: I simply am.
I’m goofy, intelligent, caring, goal-driven, positive, humble, beautiful, and a lifelong learner. And because of all this, I AM ENOUGH.
There are so many websites and articles with fitness and nutrition information on them, how do you know what to believe to be truth? Follow these 3 rules when deciding if something you are reading is Krazy Talk:
1) Who is the author of the information? Check to see what the credentials are of the author and if you believe them to be creditable and experienced in that topic area.
2) Where is the information posted? Is there a nutrition article posted on a chiropractor website? Are you reading a fitness how-to guide in a beauty magazine? Make sure the information is posted on a site that makes sense and is well researched. The article should site creditable people or research articles to show where the information came from.
3) Does it sound to good to be true? If what your reading seems far fetched it probably is.
Krazy Talk comes in all different shapes and sizes. Its important to take the extra minute to take a critical look into the source of what you’re reading to decide if you should belive it at face value. Here’s to becoming a Krazy Talk detective!