Good morning! I hope your Wednesday is off to a great start. I am thinking of trying a 15-20 minute jog today when the weather warms up and legs permitting. If not it will be a rest day!
Yesterday I had something out of the ordinary for lunch (white pasta with alfredo sauce, chicken, and some veggies) and it brought up a range of different thoughts…
I’ve made a lot of progress when it comes to flexibility with food. I used to not even think about touching something at mealtimes unless it was along the lines of a kale and quinoa salad with greek yogurt chia seed dressing (I’m sort of kidding but you get the point.) I HAD to choose the healthiest, most nutritious option. What I’ve learned though is, my definition of healthy needed to change. It’s not healthy to obsess about everything you put in your mouth. It’s actually really “healthy” (and challenging) for my mind to experience me eating fried chicken, things with butter, white carbs etc. There’s definitely something to be said for having a balance of health between your mind, body, and spirit. Your choices probably need to vary on different days to meet your needs on a more wholesome basis.
Back to lunch, about halfway through the meal my mind was racing with the thoughts, “What are you doing?”, “This isn’t healthy.”, “Why would you choose white over wheat?” and blah blah blah.
Well lovely mind of mine, I’ll TELL you why I chose it. From now on, I refuse to believe the lies American culture has thrown at me.
- Perfect body equals a perfect life.
- You have to look a certain way to have value.
- If your thighs are thinner and your stomach is flatter you will be happier.
- Don’t eat that. It will make you fat. And kill you.
THIS IS NOT THE TRUTH. A body is a body, they all function the same for the most part. The media’s goal is to make money, not to make us happy. Every person has problems, no life is perfect. Everyone has average qualities about them, yet we are all special.
From now on when I find myself wanting to compare myself to someone (whether real or airbrushed) I will try to send them some loving kindness instead. After all, they are a person with strengths and weaknesses, just like me. When I want to criticize my body for not being just the way I want it to be, I will practice gratitude. My thighs can run a marathon, so I love them. My stomach can hold a baby for 9 months, so I love it. My arms can carry all the groceries and a baby in his carseat into the house at one time (so my legs don’t have to go back out into the cold), so I love them too. Maybe they aren’t perfect in my mind’s eye, but maybe in reality they actually are?
My hope is in a few years (or shorter), I will look back at this post and think how much farther I have come and be thankful for what I learned along the way. After all, I have too much to live for and love
Intense stuff, I know. When it came time for dinner Joe had requested nachos and I was ready for anything that required little effort. Chili cheese chicken nachos it is!
I hope you have an amazing day!
Is there something you really appreciate about yourself?