မိန္းကေလးေတာ္ေတာ္မ်ားမ်ားဟာ အမွန္တုိင္းေျပာရင္ သူတို႔ကိုယ္သူတို႔ဝတာ မၾကိဳက္ၾကပါဘူး။ ပံုမွန္ထက္ ဗိုက္ေလးနည္းနည္းပဲ ထြက္လာရင္ေတာင္မွ သူတို႔ကိုယ္သူတို႔ အရမ္းဝတယ္လို႔ ထင္ျပီး depression ဝင္ေလ့ရွိၾကပါတယ္။ တစ္ကယ္တမ္းေတာ့ ဝတယ္ဆိုတာလည္း အလွတစ္မ်ိဳးပါပဲ။ ကိုယ္စားလို႔ ကိုယ္ဝတယ္ ဘာမွစိတ္အားငယ္စရာ မလိုပါဘူး။ အခုလည္း အမ်ိဳးသမီးတစ္ေယာက္ဟာ တစ္ႏွစ္အတြင္းမွာ Gym လည္းမသြားပဲ ေပါင္ ၁၂၀ ေက်ာ္အထိ ဝိတ္ခ်ႏိုင္ခဲ့ေၾကာင္း Bored Panda သတင္းဌာနရဲ႕ ေဖာ္ျပခ်က္အရ သိရွိရပါတယ္။
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I have countless things to be thankful for, but it’s these humans I’m thankful for most. – Although I hate having to miss Thanksgiving in California, I’m so thankful to be Western Kentucky bound to spend it with my Kentucky family. – Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 💛🦃 ••• #thankful #grateful #thanksgiving #family
သူမကေတာ့ အသက္ ၂၇ ႏွစ္အရြယ္ Kiah Twisselman လို႔ အမည္ရတဲ့ အမ်ိဳးသမီးတစ္ေယာက္ပဲ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ Kia ဟာ ေအာက္တိုဘာလ ၂၀၁၈ ခုႏွစ္မွာ ေပါင္ခ်ိန္ ၂၈၅ ေပါင္အထိရွိခဲ့ျပီး သူမကိုယ္သူမ အရမ္းအဝလြန္ေနတာကို သတိထားခဲ့မိပါတယ္။ အဲဒီအခ်ိန္ကေန ဇန္နဝါရီလ ၂၀၁၉ ခုႏွစ္အထိ ၄ လအတြင္း သူမ်ားေတြ ဝိတ္ခ်သလို အစားမစားပဲေနကာ ဝိတ္ခ်ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ၂၅ ေပါင္သာ က်ခဲ့ပါတယ္။
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I vividly remember going to a kickboxing class on my college campus with a friend of mine. The instructor was a ripped body builder woman, and I’ll admit I was a bit intimidated, but excited nonetheless. Until the push-ups. She told the class to do ten push-ups and if anyone let their knees hit the floor the entire class had to start over again. My heart sank. I couldn’t even do ONE regular push-up let alone TEN. The class started the push-ups. I shakily did one, two, maybe three, but I just couldn’t hold myself up any longer. My knees hit the floor and she shouted out to the class to start over. I was mortified. If my face could have gotten any redder from the physical exertion on top of the shame, it might have caught fire. I felt embarrassed, guilty, and blatantly called out in a room I already felt so out of place in. I wanted to like this class, to find an activity that I could enjoy doing that was good for me too. But I knew in the moment I would never come to another kickboxing class there ever again. All this to say, I get it. I understand being uncomfortable working out in public, feeling embarrassed about not knowing how to use the equipment, or being terrified that everyone is staring at you. But here’s the thing – for the most part everyone is too caught up on their own selves to pay much attention to you in the first place. And hey, maybe gyms aren’t your thing! But that doesn’t mean that exercising isn’t your thing. Maybe that kickboxing instructor wasn’t the right fit for me. But that didn’t mean that the Zumba class I never tried taking wasn’t either. The best way to find out what your thing is, is to go out and try something, anything! Maybe for you it’s hot yoga, barre, or cycling. Maybe it’s kayaking, hiking, or dance parties in your living room. I’ve lost 122 pounds WITHOUT a gym membership. I run and walk outside and use free YouTube workouts from the comfort of my living room with hand-me-down dumbbells and a $10 yoga mat from Amazon. M O V E M E N T is for everyone, my friends. Don’t let a silly kickboxing class or mishap at the gym convince you otherwise. You’ve just got to find the movement that’s right for you.
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118 pounds down. I’m not going to lie, I have a love-hate relationship with before and after photos. Visual representations of progress can be so dang powerful, but they also only tell one part of a much bigger story. While they show you the remarkable physical transformation I’ve made over the last year, they show you nothing of the much greater transformation made along the way – my mindset. In order for me to really take ownership and control of my life, my health, and my mental well-being, the first thing I had to change wasn’t my diet or exercise. It was my mindset – specifically, the way I thought about myself. I had to stop speaking to myself like a bully – using my past failures as evidence of why I’d never succeed, picking apart all of my flaws, compounding my feeling of hopelessness with judgement and comparison. I had to learn how to be a friend to myself again – speaking to myself with love and compassion, seeing my failures as opportunities for growth, accepting myself as worthy and beautiful just as I am, and encouraging myself along the way. FRIEND, if you find yourself looking in the mirror and saying things to yourself you’d never say to your very best friend, it’s time to start telling yourself a different story. The thoughts you think and believe about yourself MATTER. Words are powerful, even when they aren’t spoken. Because a simple before and after photo doesn’t quite do it justice, I thought I’d share a glimpse into my thought transformation, too. Swipe left to see.
ဒီလိုဝိတ္ခ်နည္းဟာ ကိုယ္ၾကိဳက္တဲ့အစားအစာကိုလံုးဝမစားရပဲ အစားဆင္းရဲ အေနဆင္းရဲေနရတဲ့ ဝိတ္ခ်နည္းပါပဲ။ ဒါ့ေၾကာင့္ Kia ဟာ အဲဒီဝိတ္ခ်နည္းကို ေတာ္ေတာ္ေလးစိတ္ပ်က္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဒီလိုနဲ႔ Kiah ဟာ စာအုပ္တစ္အုပ္ကို ဖတ္ခဲ့ရျပီး အဲဒီစာအုပ္တစ္အုပ္ကပဲ ဒီလို ၁ ႏွစ္အတြင္း ေပါင္ ၁၂၀ ေက်ာ္က်သြားေအာင္ တြန္းအားေပးႏိုင္ခဲ့တာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အဆိုပါစာအုပ္ကေတာ့ အေမရိကန္နာမည္ၾကီးစာေရးဆရာမ Rachel Hollis ေရးသားထာတဲ့ “Girl, Wash Your Face” လို႔ အမည္ရတဲ့ စာအုပ္ပဲ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
အဲဒီစာအုပ္ဟာ မိန္းကေလးေတြအတြက္ စိတ္ဓာတ္ခြန္အား ေတာ္ေတာ္ျဖစ္ေစတဲ့ စာအုပ္တစ္အုပ္ျဖစ္သလို အဲဒီစာအုပ္ထဲက Hollis ေန႕တိုင္းလုပ္တဲ့ အက်င့္ ၅ ခုေၾကာင့္ပဲ Kiah တစ္ေယာက္ ဒီလိုပံုစံ ျဖစ္လာရတာပဲ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အဲဒီ အေလ့အ်ကင့္ ၅ ခုကေတာ့ မနက္တိုင္း ေစာေစာထဖို႔ရယ္၊ တစ္ေန႔ကို မိနစ္ ၃၀ ေလာက္ ကိုယ္လက္လႈပ္ရွား ေလ့က်င့္ခန္းကို ေခၽြးေတြထြက္လာတဲ့အထိ တစိုက္မက္မက္ ေဆာ့ဖို႔ရယ္၊ ေရပမာဏတစ္ခု သတ္မွတ္ျပီး ေန႔စဥ္မျဖစ္မေနေသာက္ဖို႔ရယ္၊ ကိုယ့္အေၾကာင္း ေန႔စဥ္မွတ္တမ္း ေရးဖို႔ရယ္နဲ႔ ကိုယ္ၾကိဳက္တဲ့ အစားအစာကိုပဲ စားေသာက္ဖို႔ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
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If I’m being honest, looking through pictures for the decade challenge was mortifying. I was THAT person that brought a digital camera with me everywhere, filled up the card with horribly unflattering pictures of everyone, and uploaded them all to the internet without even looking. For all my high school and college friends, I’m sorry and you’re welcome for documenting that time in our lives so terribly well. That being said, it is so funny to look back at my 10-years-younger self and think about who I was and who I thought I would be. Of course, some things are the same, like my passion for agriculture. But at the time, the vision I had for my future self was nowhere close to where I ended up. I thought I’d go to college to become a nurse, move home to settle down, and get married by the time I was 25. I would have never guessed that I’d move to Germany for a year or find my soulmate at the State Fair in Kentucky. I would have never guessed that one day I’d be an entrepreneur and painting for a living. And I for dang sure would have never guessed that I’d be coaching people across the country on how to lose weight and love themselves to health and happiness, not in a million years. There’s nothing wrong with the vision I had for my life 10 years ago, but the scope of what I thought was possible for me could have never dreamed of where I’d be now, especially not 100 pounds lighter. For years, I told myself I couldn’t lose the weight. I told myself I was destined to be unhealthy and overweight because of my genetics. I told myself that diets had always failed so to hell with trying again. But the truth is, the only limitations we have are the ones we create in our minds and place on ourselves. The moment we take total ownership and responsibility of our life, we finally gain the power to change it and create the one we want. Challenge your limiting beliefs and dare yourself to dream a bigger dream. Anything you want in this world can be yours if you believe that it can be. Oh, and if show up to do the work to get you there, don’t forget that part.
“အဓိကကေတာ့ ရုပ္ပုိင္းဆိုင္ရာ ေျပာင္းလဲခ်င္ရင္ ကိုယ့္ရဲ႕ စိတ္ပိုင္းဆိုင္ရာကို အရင္ဆံုးေျပာင္းလဲဖို႔လိုတယ္ဆိုတာ ေသခ်ာသိလိုက္ရပါတယ္။ ကၽြန္မအဲဒီ ၅ ခ်က္ကို ေန႔စဥ္လုပ္ရတာ အင္မတန္ စိတ္ခ်မ္းသာပါတယ္။ အျဖစ္လုပ္တာမဟုတ္ပဲ ေသေသခ်ာခ်ာ စိတ္ေရာကိုယ္ပါႏွစ္ျပီး လုပ္ခဲ့တာပါ။ အက်ိဳးရလဒ္ကေတာ့ အခုျမင္ရတဲ့အတိုင္းပါပဲ။ ကၽြန္မရဲ႕ အေတြးအေခၚ၊ ဝတ္တဲ့ အဝတ္အစားဖက္ရွင္ကအစ ကၽြန္မခႏၶာကိုယ္ကိုပါ ေျပာင္းလဲေပးႏိုင္ခဲ့တာပါ။ အခုလက္ရွိပံုစံနဲ႔ ေနရတာ ေတာ္ေတာ္ကို ေပ်ာ္ဖို႔ေကာင္းပါပဲ။ physically ဝိတ္ခ်ခဲ့တာ မဟုတ္ပဲ mentally ဝိတ္ခ်ခဲ့တာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္” လို႔ Kiah က ေျပာၾကားခဲ့ပါတယ္။
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