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Looking After Number One


So, you look in the mirror one day and the once carefree face that used to look back at you from it doesn't seem to be there any more. Your face looks rounder; your skin looks grey instead of pink. There's hair in places you'd prefer there wasn't; You can't seem to smile that easily anymore...

What happened?

Maybe you skipped a few too many workouts; You took the lift instead of the stairs; You ate a few too many takeaways and sweets; Had a few too many late nights; Maybe, you drank a bit too much a bit too often; Maybe you smoke or you can't remember the last time you didn't buy your lunch instead of making it yourself...

You stopped looking after number one.

"Hold on" you say... "Surely I've been looking after number one a bit too well, eh? Wink wink."

No, quite the opposite. You've been neglecting yourself, badly.

Just like our parents, and their parents, our generation were taught that our careers and our families were the most important things in our lives but unlike previous generations we work longer hours than ever before and have less time off. Worst of all we get paid less and have to spend more on housing and food. While we're at work we feel guilty for not spending enough time at home with our families and when we're home they hungrily eat up all the time we have left and we try not to resent it. We're always tired and there never seem to be enough hours in the day....

Add to this a new dimension: Nowadays we're also constantly on show as social media means we're under constant pressure to appear successful and happy. Don't forget to plaster that insane grin over your face when you take that selfie! Is it any wonder you're stressed and letting yourself go?

You stopped looking after number one.

For many people self indulgence has become the only respite from day to day life. A drink or a visit to the chippy has become our therapy... a form of stress relief instead of something that can be genuinely enjoyed. We are probably actually addicted to junk food and booze... and smartphones, we can't go fifteen minutes without looking at one of those...

Enjoyable indulgence has been replaced by compulsion and now we're all fat, unhealthy and depressed (and possibly diabetic!) and we can't go more than a minute without craving something we know we shouldn't have...

The only way out is to break the cycle and put yourself first for a change, you really need to start looking after number one...

Begin to develop your self love (No, I don't mean that!), build some pride and self respect. Give yourself back some of the time you regularly commit to other people, be it work or family or your social life. Take an hour a day for yourself, or half an hour if that's all you can spare, but use it to do things that are important to you.

You could take a long bath, get your hair done, go to a gym class, read that book that's been collecting dust since last Christmas, but most importantly, treat yourself as you wish other people would treat you, the way you treat the people you care about: as a genuine priority and not a secondary consideration. You matter. You're the only you you will ever have....

If you're out of shape and your self esteem is suffering. If you don't know where to begin and you want to see your old self in the mirror again, then book a free consultation with Rock Hard Bodies with no obligation. It might be just what you need to get back to where you want to be...

Looking after number one.


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