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Goals! From Fitness Model to Healthy Yoga Queen

Goals! From Fitness Model to Healthy Yoga Queen

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Goals! From Fitness Model to Healthy Yoga Queen
Goals! From fitness model to healthy yoga queen

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, I want you to ask yourself; what is your biggest fitness goal?

I started my weight-loss journey four years ago with a big goal: I wanted to be skinnier, look better and attract others. 


I wanted others to like me, so I started to work really hard on my body. And you know what? It worked! My shape looked better and better, the reactions of the people around me were pretty cool, so I went on. Once I achieved my initial goal, my next goal was just... more. Better, stronger, prettier and fitter.


This is when I started my Instagram account and I really hoped that all the people out there would like me. Back then, I placed a lot of value on what others thought of me. I tried so hard to take perfect selfies, cook pretty meals and take cool, unique photos of them although I really didn't like the fact that my food was always cold when I finally ate it. But I kinda liked to show others how good healthy food can taste and look like. So I went on and on, no matter how much time it cost. When I noticed that a lot of people also like the before and after pics and selfies of my body I thought that I had to go on. People like transformations and progress, they like to see how fitness can transform your body, they want to find motivation in you, in your progress. Stagnation can often be perceived in our minds as weak and it feels a bit like failure.

I learnt a lot about my body, especially when a friend started helping me to reach what I thought were “my” goals. As a fitness model and bodybuilder she taught me a lot about nutrition, metabolism and weight training - which I will always be grateful for! and I got to know my physical limits. Almost every night I went to bed with sore muscles and weak legs. I felt like I needed a lot more rest and a lot more rehabilitation, but I had my workout plan and not following it would feel like failure. But for the first time, I recognized that I was not as happy as I could be.

Strong body & mind

In search of a way to treat my body well I tried out a yoga class. Sitting on a mat with my eyes closed focussing solely on my breathing was a whole new experience for me! For the first time I felt energized instead of burnt out after a session. I finally started thinking about my current situation, MY goals and - most importantly - my mental health. I realized that all those goals I had set were physical, there was not one mental or well-being goal on my list. It made me sad that I wanted to attract others so much that I forgot to ask myself how I actually felt and what I really wanted for myself.

It's not easy to tell people who were always supporting you because of your fitness progress that you're going to stop, take a rest and start something completely new. But see? I thought about what others would think about me again! 

This time I just did it - for myself. 

I really love taking photos and writing about physical health on my Instagram account, so I do not want to stop this but I also found out that I love talking about mental health, which is much more important to me. 

Realizing that something you put so much effort into for such a long time, is not the right thing for you is hard. Changing those habits and routines is even harder but once you notice how good it is for your heart and your soul it will get easier because it's worth it.

The cool thing about all the different disciplines is that nobody has to practice a sport or take a class which is not the right one for you. There are girls who love lifting heavy weights and there are girls who like doing sun salutations as well. Neither is better than the other - it just comes down to what YOU enjoy.

 Practicing yoga is a way to combine physical and mental health, it brings me joy and inner peace and it also challenges my body in a way I like. My goal is to have a happy heart and a strong body, to feel good when I go to bed and to make others think with their own mind and put themselves first.


I want you to ask yourself again; what is YOUR goal?

What are YOUR goals?
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