Watching the story "Fat Girl Running" that NBC did on Mirna Valerio (http://nbcnews.to/1Mhrc7G) inspired me to write this post.
I LOVE to dance and I Love to play on the jungle gym. So what if I'm in my late 30's. So what if 6 months ago I was at my heaviest weight in my life. So what if I'm the largest girl on the dance floor or my clothes weren't glamorous enough. I just got out and had fun. And all of a sudden, the weight finally began to lift off.
I even looked at my stretch marks and legs last night as I was getting my IT band to relax and saw how the skin is loose. That used to scare me. OMG what if my skin gets saggy? What if I have to spend money and buy new clothes because I can't make them fast enough! But OMG what if that just made room for me to fill in with muscles?! And what if I did have time to make an even better wardrobe or buy an awesome new designer garment?! My new theme is love every single piece in my wardrobe.
I'm not so emotionally tied to food. I find that I fear being hungry less. I find it easier to eat good foods (I could actually have a meal of all veggies w/veggie protein like avocado or banana and feel full).
Each time I feel like resting, I do. If I fear reinjury, I pull back and use my foam roller and tennis balls and other tools to work out my muscles. As I choose exercise, I'm choosing things that I love and that I will choose to return to for my entire life. I don't want a quick fix. I want life long changes.
And you? What has your journey been like? How do you choose to honor and love your body? What rituals do you have? How do you play?