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Healing Body Image: My Journey to Self-Acceptance

Updated: Apr 9




Hey there, it's Trista from Green Fire CrossFit, and today I want to get real with you about something very close to my heart—body image. This is a journey that has been both challenging and enlightening for me, and I hope my experiences can shed some light and offer support to anyone who might be struggling with their own body image issues.


Understanding Body Image

First off, let's talk about what body image really means. It's all about how you see yourself when you look in the mirror, or when you picture yourself in your mind. It encompasses what you believe about your own appearance, how you feel about your body, including your height, shape, and weight, and how you sense and control your body as you move. It's a complex mix of beliefs, perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and actions.


For me, body image has been a rollercoaster of emotions and perceptions. There were days I'd look in the mirror and feel at peace, and then there were days I'd feel like I was my own worst critic. It's a journey that's taken me from my teenage years to where I am now, and I've learned so much along the way.


Recognizing Triggers

Identifying what triggers negative thoughts about my body was a crucial first step. A vivid memory that sticks with me is from high school, during an exercise that involved the BMI scale. Being categorized as "obese" at 125 pounds was a shock. It was a label that didn't match my active lifestyle as a dancer and gymnast. This moment planted seeds of doubt and self-critique that would grow with me into adulthood.


My Path to Healing

My path to healing wasn't linear. It involved battling an eating disorder, confronting my self-worth, and, importantly, questioning why I held onto the belief that I needed to weigh 125 pounds—a weight from my childhood. This realization hit me hard during a therapy session, and it was a turning point in how I viewed my body and my health.


Performance, Not Appearance

As a CrossFit athlete, shifting my focus from appearance to performance was transformative. I started to appreciate my body for what it could do, not just how it looked. Eating to fuel my body, to be strong, and to hit my athletic goals became my priority. This shift in mindset was not only healthier but also more fulfilling.


Practicing Self-Compassion

One of the biggest lessons I've learned is the importance of self-compassion. Speaking to myself with kindness, focusing on my strengths, and treating myself as I would a dear friend became my mantra. It's amazing how much of a difference this change in dialogue can make in how you feel about yourself and your body.


You Are More Than Your Appearance

At the end of the day, your body is just one part of who you are. What truly defines you are your actions, your values, and how you treat others. I've learned to focus on my values like adventure, service, integrity, and kindness. These are what shape my world and how I hope to be remembered.


Moving Forward

Looking ahead, I'm excited to create more spaces for open discussions about body image, through workshops and retreats. It's a conversation that's ongoing, and I believe in the power of community in fostering healing and growth.


Final Thoughts

If you take anything from my story, let it be this: You are enough, just as you are. Your worth is not defined by a number on the scale or the shape of your body. Embrace your journey, love yourself fiercely, and remember, we're all in this together.


So here's to loving ourselves a little more each day, to being kinder, and to recognizing the incredible beings we are—inside and out. And remember, I'm here for you, cheering you on every step of the way.


Love ya, Bye

Trista


Join me in this journey of self-discovery and self-love. Together, let's build not just stronger bodies, but a stronger, more compassionate community.



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