“Nothing Tastes as Good as Being Skinny Feels”
16 Sun, 2011 § 14 Comments
Love My Body part I
I had already felt like crying the day I read that quote. Its endorsement nearly pushed me over the edge. I had been looking for motivation…but not of this genre. My favorite workout blog had been back up & running for awhile now; I was shocked it had taken me this long to check out the new layout. This counsel from a fellow follower threw me deeper into the shallow body image paradigm I was struggling to overcome. She attributed the quote to Kate Moss. As a responsible blogger, I should verify; but I just cannot bring myself to read anymore concerning this mentality.
I had worked so hard to establish & feel good about my body. Recently, I had started falling into old habits, such as comparing. I won’t be fit until I have abs like that. My arms aren’t good enough until they look like hers. I went online looking for motivation & was hit with self-deprivation.
I continued to browse over workouts & new features, like photos & posts from followers about their progress. One woman shared her amazing journey, then nearly negated everything she had accomplished by focusing on what she “still needed to get rid of” [her lower tummy pooch].
I wanted to hug her & shake her & tell her to not be self-deprecating & disempowering. Be proud of what you have done! Be proud of how strong you are! I scanned comments & though she received a lot of congrats, the only mention of the tummy pooch comment offered her “the trick”.
Only one half serving of fruits, no sugars, no grains & no breads per day. Try this for a couple of weeks religiously, & you should see a reduction in “puffiness”. If you keep going, maybe you can kill off the pooch.
I understand limiting sugar & processed grains, but all grains & almost no fruit? As someone who relies on crucial energy to do what I love to do, my body needs these foods. Isn’t it more important we eat a balanced diet, nourishing our bodies?
Needless to say, I needed to switch paradigms…before I got stuck in a place I did not want to be…a place that makes me very unhappy.
So what to do? For me. Right now.
Focus on appreciating how strong & healthy my body is. Appreciate what it can do. Commit to making it stronger. Treat my body lovingly. No deprivation. No comparisons. Remove the focus from how I look to what I can do. Some of the strongest, most athletic people do not have the “perfect body” look. Our bodies are amazing, capable of so much. Why do we struggle with feeling the need to perfect our bodies through appearance? Why not through performance?
[We did not get any photos this weekend but decided to return here to work this traverse since it was one of the driest areas.]
With the cold weather & the snow [& an over-priced climbing gym], climbing has not been possible the last couple months. My body & mind have missed it. With 40 degree days, we jumped on the chance to touch rock this weekend. It felt good to test my body & connect with the earth.
It felt just as good to nourish it rather than deprive it.
I started my days with fueling foods,
like barley & lentils mixed with Natalie’s Spicy Thai Chili, which is delicious & packs some heat!
I listened to my body’s cravings; Uncle Sam cereal with raspberry kefir & a sprinkle of cacao nibs was one of these.
I kept it going while out & about with even more random creations.
I feel like I nearly sunk into a superficial pool but was able to wade to the shores of a healthier mindset. Did I make it on my own? No. I will share more of that tomorrow as well. 🙂
I hope you have enjoyed your weekend as much as I have.
Are you happy about your body? Is your own body image paradigm a healthy one?