Saturday, February 18, 2012
You know what's weird? I'm actually looking forward to working out tomorrow. Now THAT is something to be happy about. I have known for a few years now that when I am active I feel a lot better about myself, and when I feel better about myself I eat less. That doesn't necessarily mean I am thrilled to go work out though...
Feeling good about yourself, In fact, is one of the main points behind Paul McKenna's process. He understands that a lot of overweight people are emotional eaters. We overeat because we are feeling bad (lonely, stressed, angry, etc.) and then we feel a slight bit of a pick-up from eating. Unfortunately that doesn't last long and we're now more angry at ourselves for overeating so we binge again. It's a vicious cycle. Paul McKenna has a lot of activities where you practice positive self talk and there is even one activity where you look at every inch of your body and accept it and love it for what it is. Afterall, our bodies are probably one of the most amazing compositions that exist in the world. And the fact that, usually, our bodies are working well is a feat to be celebrated in itself.
When I am feeling down about my body (believe me, it has many "flaws") I try to remember that I am so incredibly lucky that it is actually functioning well. During the rare occasions that I am sick, I am only then reminded how lucky I am. This last summer I had tonsillitis almost constantly. Even though it is a relatively minor ailment, it changed the whole way I could go about my life. It was then that I really thought about how awful it must be to have a condition that is permanent, or life threatening. It is something most people don't think about until it happens to them. Some people live in pain their entire lives. I am so incredibly thankful for my healthy, properly-functioning body and I want to reward it by treating it to some exercise!