I had a great conversation with a friend yesterday.
We were both delighting in the way in which our lives our moving.
The feeling was surprising, to both of us, because of all the doubt and angst we’ve both faced that’s seemed overwhelming at times.
Becoming content, with anything in your life, works the same way.
But this is my blog, so I’m going to talk about how it works with loving your body.
Unhappiness, I believe, comes from wanting something other than what you have. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t want more or better than what you have, but it’s a lesson in approach.
I have to remind myself daily that I don’t want to lose weight. This is, after all, Jodi fat or not.
I want to love my body, which means I care for it in the best way I know how.
Movement that leaves me dripping with sweat and smiling.
Eating food that makes me glow from the inside out.
When I get caught up in the weight loss side, everything about me becomes focused on a number.
Not, I had a great time working out at the gym and smiled the whole way home.
Not, I made a breakfast, lunch and dinner with fresh, whole foods that were delicious to eat and gave me tons of energy.
These things get lost. Shadowed by the scale.
Q: What message do you want to communicate most to other women?
A: What if the body you had right now were perfect?
It’s a thought that makes me grin from ear to ear.
The second I become motivated by body loathing, I’ve lost.
I could be doing all of the same things, but if it’s motivated by hating my body, it feels like an act of desperation to fit into a mold rather than an act of appreciation for this wonderful body gifted to me from the Universe.
My love for my body is not determined by how much I weigh, how fast I can run a mile or how much I can lift.
It never will be. And it was a lie if I thought it ever was.
I have to remind myself of these things all the time.
Every day I have to be grateful for my body. Body lovin’ reps, if you will 🙂
The thing is, I could talk about my eating habits all day. Go into excruciating detail about my work outs. Wax poetic about how much time is spent planning every single second of my day to make health the number one priority.
There are a million people and businesses out there that want to sell you on the idea that you need a diet plan, an exercise routine or even a lifestyle change (I’m looking at you, Weight Watchers) before you can feel like you are enough.
Don’t believe a word of it.
Start with the belief that you are enough. Replace every negative thought about your body with one of love and appreciation. The rest – the eating well, the exercise – will fall happily into place.
Starting weight: 243
Last week: 166.5
This week: 166.5
Total loss: 76.5