The Quest for the “Perfect Body”.
Gaining weight (or being overweight) seems to be a woman’s “worst nightmare”; especially when that weight gain conflicts with their idea “body image”. Yet, gaining weight is a very natural change that occurs in our bodies–with age, childbirth, emotional stress or health conditions.
With constant media attacks trying to steer women and young girls against honoring their bodies (just as they are). Many women are succumbing to misconceptions about how the so-called “perfect body” looks. I frequently hear women (including myself) criticize their bodies as if it’s okay to talk down about ourselves.
On the other hand, you have women obsessing over fitness and health. Yes, we all want to be fit and healthy. Does this mean that we should spend unspeakable hours in the gym? Obsessing over every little thing we eat or even worst risking our lives getting “underground” plastic surgeries? I used to be one of these women; yet, living on the extreme never worked for me–I need balance.
The need to change our bodies to conform to the world’s image seems to be getting pretty real and dangerous. Culturally there appears to be a high percentage of people who want to look like someone else whom in turns themselves wants to look like another person. Ironic huh? No one appears to want the body that they were born with.
My Recent Weight Gain.
Recently, I’ve noticed that I had put on a substantial amount of weight–10 lbs. to be exact. I’m sure emotional triggers, late night writing, and starting a new business were big contributors to my weight gain, It appears that the heavier my work load gets, my healthy lifestyle is replaced by comfort & convenient foods.
My first response to my recent weight gain was to feel guilt and shame. With the summer months approaching my mind kept replaying the same question “Why didn’t I get a handle on this earlier?”, Then, as if I was fighting a foreign enemy in my head I said, “No”. I crushed these thoughts of shame and guilt.
Realizing that I need to lose weight to be my healthiest self–and decrease health risks. I decided to take control of my diet and lifestyle by stepping up my self-care, and reconnecting with my body.
Here are some of the self-care steps I plan to implement:
- Meal-Planning – I dowloaded the cutest meal planning sheets to motivate myself to sit down and plan out my weekly healthy meals & snacks. Check them our here!
- Keeping a Food Diary – I just recently discovered the loveliest 40-day Guided Journal. I loving’ this Eat Pretty Live Well journal! A review & giveaway is coming soon (so stay tuned).
- Eating Raw Foods – I’m going to continue to eat more raw organic fruits & veggies. See how you can start a Raw Food lifestyle here!
- Move my body – I’m going to add more fun and creative activity into my daily schedule to keep my body in motion. Yoga, Cardio, bike riding..I may even try hiking.
Wanting to have a healthier body, doesn’t have to equate with me “hating”my body. I will no longer respond as programmed. I don’t have a goal weight or a time frame. I’m just going to love the process of eating healthy foods and moving my body. Love all my extra chubbiness and “love handles”. 🙂
And I’m going to do this all while learning to truly honor my temple and be thankful for its function, and purpose. My body may not ever look like the world’s “perfect” image. I’m making peace with this. Yet, my body is my sacred temple–and I’m going to LOVE it just as it is.
How are you going to show your body some lovin’ today?