Thursday, September 20, 2012
I see so many blogs here on Sparkpeople that are all about training for something physical, but I rarely see someone get down and dirty about the emotional turmoil, the spiritual journey and how to be present in your mind and body during this process. It is my true belief that until you dissect and analyze what led you to gain the weight in the first place, you won't have lasting success. Without awareness of behaviors and making changes to all aspects of your being, you're only creating more distractions and lies that you'll eventually tire of.
Sure we want our physical selves to get stronger, healthier, more capable. But what about our emotional selves that led us down this road of dishonesty, unworthiness, abuse? If you are reading this thinking I'm crazy for using the word abuse you are probably someone who isn't self aware. We all discredit ourselves everyday whether we doubt our capabilities, our opinions or just do something we don't really want to do. Those of us who are addicted to food abuse our bodies by treating it like a garbage can. Eat, Eat, Eat..... until your body is lumpy, bumpy, and dull. ABUSE!
I've been reading Iyanla Vanzant's book Peace from Broken Pieces and have gained a lot of insight and perspective that I've never really taken the time to learn or see before. It was all about getting from one day to the next and being the best I could be (in other's eyes, not my own). We learn our behaviors from others' and adopt those same behaviors regardless of how damaging they are to our own self worth and image.
So I urge each of you to really take a look at what behaviors you do and how you can lift yourself instead of draining yourself. I realize that eating right and exercise are the fundamentals to weight loss, but there is much more to it than that for contentment.
If anyone knows any SparkTeams that work on lifeclasses or emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well as the physical, let me know.