Over the last three years I have been a busy bee. Since I wrote Acts 1-2 and 3 I have gotten my act together in a more meaningful way -to me- than what you may think.
Mark my words that does not mean I have it all figured out, I don't think anyone does and I certainly don't think that if you have one part of your life sorted there aren't many more parts you could be/should be working on but...
For me, the hustle to change my body felt real all the time for a very long time. Even though were times where my weight or shape felt comfortable my perception would then shift and I then began to no longer feel that way. I started to get the itch to drop some extra pounds again and really decided to really try to understand why. Am I emotionally uncomfortable with my body or physically uncomfortable?
Finding this distinction seemed more important than why I wanted to be healthy because I was healthy...I AM healthy. In my definition of healthy I move my body regularly, I mostly eat foods that grow in the ground from plants and still look the way they did in nature. I eat a limited amount of processed foods and sugars and when I do eat things that are less physically healthy I ensure that I eat them in an emotionally healthy way. That is: I do not attach emotion to my food, nor do I eat it mindlessly. Not to say I won't watch tv or read a book or even type this while enjoy something special - in this case Austria's answer to mac and cheese made with incredible aged cheddar and spaetzle- but when I do, I make sure that I shift my attention to my food during every bite. While I prepare it on my utensil or in my fingers, while I take my bite and the whole time I am chewing. It takes me longer to eat -and work- that way but by making sure I enjoy every bite I'm sure I won't overeat. The moment I am no longer enjoying it like the first bite I put it away and get to enjoy it again later.
For those times I feel emotional - where in the past I would turn to food - I have a whole list of other things to do that actually help. I go for a walk, pick up a book, meditate, play with the kids, or cuddle with my husband.... I sometimes I still briefly think about eating an entire bag of potato chips but I remind myself how awful I feel after I eat it. Not emotionally as I am no longer tied to food in that way - though I remember it well - but physically. The desire to feel well physically has become of paramount importance to me. Enough sleep, the right foods for my body, the right movement for my body, and of course the right balance of tasty foods at the right times. Honestly, it feels like freedom. I have more time and space in my brain for the things that really matter like my family, and my clients.
Finding all this out took time and experimentation though - lots of time and lots of experimentation - but now I'm here and though some of the fitness industry may disagree with my particular definition of healthy, over the years I have found a little part of the industry I fit into. A part of the industry that cares how you feel about yourself, and not about how you look.
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