Self-deprecation vs. Pride

When you tap into the zone of finding yourself and taking good care of yourself, there is a powerful sense of self-worth and pride that you just can’t keep in.  Some may misinterpret your new found pride, but wear it like a badge of honour! The flip-side of self-worth is self-deprecation which only leads to destructive behaviour and pain.

When you decide to live a healthy lifestyle, you are putting value on your mind, body, and soul.  You are choosing to treat your body with respect and there is real pride that comes with that.  That’s not to say you can’t feel pride if you don’t live a healthy lifestyle, but I do know this…when my eating is not in control and when I’m not living an active lifestyle, my self-worth really suffers.  For me this is most true when I’m not in control of my eating.  It spins a vicious cycle that always ends in undervaluing myself and continues onto other areas of my life. 

The feeling you get when you can shut your eyes at night and know that you were in complete control of everything you ate, and how active you were in your day is unbelievable. It’s addictive and it’s polar opposite of how you feel after a bad-eating or non-active day.  That pride fuels a desire inside to keep going.  To stop living life on the side-lines.  To challenge yourself in ways you never thought was possible.  No more “I cant’s” or “It’s too hard”. 

Life fueled by pride is so good. 

My friend Alana finished her first 10km race today.  She is so proud of herself, and her pride is infectious.  Alana, you are inspiring!  Way to go girl, pride looks FANTASTIC on you!!!

Have a great day,

Christine

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