Some topics to address when considering health, weight, body image, self esteem, depression, happiness, etc.
- Overcoming Shame – Brene’ Brown is a researcher of this taboo topic and her TED talks, books, and research have helped me manage not just my weight but opened the doors to begin loving myself more As and Who I am. #Selflove. #PerfectImperfection
2. Mindfulness – Becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings, and sensations and how they affect our day to day helped me to open the door to allow more Joy and Peace into my life. I have not mastered it by any means but when things get dark an bleak it never fails to restore Perspective. I have listened to an Audible narration by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander.
- Question: Are my eating habits and lack of physical activity a cause or a symptom?
- Question (and one of my biggest): What are all of the ways my life would be different if I reached my goal?
Sometimes deep down, we may actually prefer the comfort of good food and carry a little extra weight than make the necessary changes (or sacrifices) to lose weight, be more active, and lead a healthier lifestyle. That’s really why we remain where we are, right? Honestly, that’s OK too.
I woke up one day (I think) and decided to do something different with my prayer. I thought maybe because my faith is my roots, leaving my prayer with a feeling of hope and sense of purpose would spread like branches and just maybe what I put my body and mind through wouldn’t just be ‘tasks’ . So I prayed to God one morning, but I intentfully kept focusing on Jesus. It may seem like splitting hairs to some, but a man who died a horrible death for all of the things that I secretly despise about myself just feels more relateble than the thought of an all perfect, all knowing Father.
When I thought about what I’ve done, and then thought about Jesus’ hanging limp on the cross, I felt covered. That’s not something I can genuinely say I’ve felt during my conversations with God.
Covered means wrapped in love. Unconditionally. Love doesn’t exist without hope or purpose.
I feel more forgiven. I feel less gutter. Less evil or inferior to others. I even feel slightly more hopeful. And that hope translates into my endeavors. They have that much more meaning. Today I start my training. Not just cardio, training. And even the slightest belief that it will benefit my health, my spirit, my mind, and hey,may be in God’s plan to inspire others, makes it feel less like pain im putting myself through and something meaningful and worthwhile I’m working toward.
Takeaway? Simply thinking of Jesus’ embodiment and sacrifice helps me feel like my massive shortcomings don’t discredit me from the potential for great things…..and every good decision I make, every time I choose to hit the gym, its part of all things coming together for a life that has purpose, promise, and a point.