Based in Frome, somerset, #fitMess is a blog by Joanna Beale. Her posts draw on her work as a personal trainer, as well as her own personal past experience of significant obesity.  Her general focus is overall wellness and body positivity.

Like you

"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it" - Maya Angelou

You don't have to start sending roses to yourself, writing poetry of self love, or endlessly blogging about how awesome you are (who would do that, seriously? ;) ). It's enough to begin with just to try to like yourself a little bit. I'm amazed how many people I encounter who point blank cannot name one thing about themselves that they like. I haven't always liked myself, but trust me, it's worth it. Even if you've spent your whole life doing something else, just start liking yourself a tiny weeny little bit right now. Take a small step every day to get to a place where you become your own biggest fan. Be kind to yourself. Describe yourself using positive words. Look in the mirror. Just: look, that's the only thing you need to do at first. Now stop judging yourself. Focus on all the things that make you, you. That's who you need to like. Not the person you'll be when you get that promotion/lose weight/achieve blah blah: the you that looks back at you every morning. That person is still going to look back at you in 5 years, 10 years, 30 years. If you don't like yourself now, you're potentially planning to spend the rest of your life with someone that you don't even like - and the one person you can never escape. Often, an inclination towards self loathing can come from a deep trauma that shakes our very being; bullying, abuse, violence, conflict, loss, even loneliness. But this trauma does not need to influence you forever. It has not made you less, it will make you more. It will shape you, it brings you to a certain place - and you still need to believe that you are somebody worth liking. Letting any past event, feeling or state of mind dictate your future is giving too much power to something beyond your control. Regain your sense of you. Look into your mirror and just find one thing to like again. Start there, and practice every day, try to find another. Once you are good friends, maybe then you'll fall in love ♡♡♡

Mirror Wall  - Jeppe Hein 2009 - jeppehein.net     A large mirror is mounted on the wall. As visitors enter the space, the surface of the mirror begins to flutter in a subtle wave-like motion. Visitors facing the mirror become irritated by the vibrating reflection of themselves and their surroundings. This sensation causes not only a vague feeling of dizziness but also a latent distrust of one’s own eyes and spatial perception. As the mirror displays a different picture of the space, viewers question their own position within the room.  

Mirror Wall  - Jeppe Hein 2009 - jeppehein.net


A large mirror is mounted on the wall. As visitors enter the space, the surface of the mirror begins to flutter in a subtle wave-like motion. Visitors facing the mirror become irritated by the vibrating reflection of themselves and their surroundings. This sensation causes not only a vague feeling of dizziness but also a latent distrust of one’s own eyes and spatial perception. As the mirror displays a different picture of the space, viewers question their own position within the room. 

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