Love My Body part II
19 Wed, 2011 § 4 Comments
Not long after the Kate Moss quote incident I came across an equally powerful single word at Gracefulfitness. When Faith began to introduce Wantpower versus Willpower & where she found this idea, honestly I thought “oh no, is this more superficial thinspiration? I want that body…I want to be thinner…” Not at all — I should have known better; this was coming from Faith after all. I read on as she beautifully conveyed her message:
“Think about it, for me ‘willpower’ conjures images of depravation and steely, possibly uncomfortable, determination. ‘Wantpower’ makes me think of my goal, it helps me visualize the outcome and what I WANT rather than what I ‘can’t have’.”
I encourage you to read the rest of her message.
This is what I needed to continue my paradigm shift back into healthy ways of thinking about & seeing my body. She is only one role model among many I have encountered, especially recently.
In December, Faith established “comment commit”: a place where we could commit to moving our bodies & encourage others to do so. One of my favorite blog sources for specific workouts [bodyrock.tv] constantly drives the point bikini season is fast approaching; but here, with Faith, we simply & lovingly reminded new friends & ourselves how much better we feel when we keep our bodies active…as well as shared reminders to listen to our bodies & rest when needed. This support was centered around love & motivation.
[photo by David Finch]
I realized I am surrounded by this.
Whether we are talking body image, lifestyles or simply sharing stories about our pups, conversations with one of my best friends, Natalie, only leave me happy, uplifted, & it seems we are
usually always on the same page. This woman pushes herself hard, obviously out of true appreciation for what her body can do! Every post on FollowMyFitsteps offers helpful, daily tips which never enter the realm of obsessive behavior; rather, they are accessible tools for helping anyone instill healthy habits.
Every time I visit Holly’s blog, the first two words of her title always strike me.
Could it be more perfect?
Julia’s excitement over new adventures like, rock climbing, kindle greater spark in my own passions…
& once upon a time in SLC a close friendship formed in a climbing gym which has only strengthened though we are now mountains apart. Ashley’s encouragement & support never falter, & her beautiful words — whether written or spoken — inspire me still.
Who am I forgetting? My husband! Though our long-walk-talks might initially be filled with some tears [mine not Dave’s ;)], by the end I feel empowered & reassured in our make-your-body-good-for-something mentality. A common remark from Dave is “yeah, you could just be skinny, but what would you DO with it [your body]?” What do you want to DO with it? Give your body a purpose & make it good for something!
Internet, magazines, the media, etc can be such toxic places [to borrow Natalie’s word], & it is easy to feel inundated by certain arbitrary pressures. This post was partly to gush over some of you 😉 but really I wanted to point to what/who has truly helped me reach a healthier, happier place once again. I wanted to share this in case any one else out there needs a little nudge in a similar direction, creating your own paradigm shift to truly loving your body.
[photo by David Finch]
What do you want to DO with your body? What is it good for?
Where do you find inspiration & motivation? [the healthy kind]