thoughts on this journey (and response to last two blogs)
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
In my last blog I asked what are friends for and related a story of a friend criticizing me for watching what I eat and making time for exercise. The blog before that I was planning wine and chocolate for a date night.
With my friend, we've been talking. I don't feel she was actually criticizing me and wanting me to change for her (my response to her has been along the line of, what is your point and what do you really care?). She's fortunate enough to be relatively petite and probably has never had to worry about her weight. However, we all know that weight and body woes are not limited to those of us who may have related health issues! Some women are better able to shrug off the media bombardment of what a beautiful woman should be... and many of us internalize those standards and judge ourselves against those. Losing 5, 10, 50, 100+ pounds does not automatically adjust body image nor correct body dysmporphia. Throughout this process, we need to find that light of confidence within us and let that shine. Developing healthy habits only supports that confidence and facilitates becoming comfortable in our own skin. Although one can be confident in themselves without proper nutrition and adequate exercise, I don't believe that unhealthy habits are ultimately beneficial to really becoming as radiant as we all are.
As for the date with chocolate and wine, I was asked what does one benefit from indulging in 'bad' foods? I think it might depend somewhat on context. I love wine and chocolate (among other foods that should be eaten in moderation) and generally I don't eat them alone. Sharing the experience makes it more worth it. Instead of a daily event, it becomes a moment to really enjoy. I guess as long as it doesn't become a habit! I should have taken a photo of the bottle of wine and four chocolates... I made a nice little kind of romantic spread with candles... it was very well enjoyed!
I like the reports function on sparkpeople. My favourite report is 'calorie differential over time'. I laugh because every fourth week it spikes!!! I'm in that fourth week right now... and I will admit I'm giving into some of the excess sugary desires... but pretty much within limits. And what will I do about it? Drink some herbal tea, water... and get back on track as much as possible as soon as possible! And tonight I'll go to yoga even though it's snowing and cold... I should put my yoga clothes in the wash right now. I just can't decide between a 6:20 warm yoga core class or an 8pm hot yoga class. I think the earlier... just because it's earlier!
Final note. I read the blog on whether or not yoga can count as a cardio workout... and I think I wanted to just let myself sub yoga in for all my workouts without thinking about my cardio... but at the same time I know. I'm still going to zumba at least once a week and yesterday I felt the difference in my breath as I was getting worked out! So... on Friday maybe I'll go to the gym instead (or in addition to? I have an unlimited yoga pass at the studio I go to, but just buy 10-entrance passes at the gym) of yoga. I guess I will decide later.
Have a lovely Wednesday, Sparkfriends!!