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Accountable To My Own Body

Friday, August 09, 2013

All during July I was sick...hospital and pneumonia. No fun. But I'm back out there running and now I'm doing strength training at home because I'm too embarrassed to do some of the floor exercises at the gym.

For the first time I realize that I am accountable to my own body. It is the gift that houses my spirit and I've abused and neglected it. Thinking of it this way, I believe I'm treating it better. Giving it water, rest, exercise, nutrition, and kind words. It's a different way of looking at getting healthy, but each day I wonder how I can take better care of it so it can take better care of me. In other words, I'm more grateful than ever.
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NASCAR_CHICK 8/11/2013 2:12AM

    This is a GREAT way to look at things!

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/10/2013 3:18PM

  I do believe when one has been so sick, they have a new appreciation for the wonder of it. emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/10/2013 10:50AM

    Wonderful! Iím glad youíre not sick any more. Keep on taking good care of yourself. :)

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/10/2013 3:30AM

    Treating your body better is a good thing. When you're about to make a decision (what to eat, what exercise to do, where to go, etc) ask yourself "how can I honor my body with this decision?" It might help you choose the better option.

Same thing for doing floor exercises at the gym: are you honoring your body or honoring your anxiety/fear by worrying about what others think? Anyone who has time and energy to waste on paying attention to what you're doing is not honoring themselves and are thus not worth your effort to care what they think. Besides, you might motivate someone else to do something they're uncomfortable with when they see you, or you might have a few people silently cheering you on because they've been in your shoes before.

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IMREITE 8/10/2013 2:42AM

    When i see how peopls struggle and deal with their pains, i realize i need to be so much better to may own body. it is the only one i have so i should take care to be better with it.

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STRINGI719 8/9/2013 7:13PM

    Coach Nicole posted the most awesome update on her Facebook page today!

"For me, a major shift happened when I decided to stop obsessing with how my body looked. No, you don't go from body hatred to LOVE overnight, but you can work your way to body acceptance first, then appreciation, then love of at least certain parts, and then loving your full self. When I was obsessed with losing weight and changing my body to be "better," (read: thinner) it was almost impossible for me to really stick with the habits that would result in that change. I didn't have a good relationship with food or exercise: both were punishments and sources of guilt. I'd go from one extreme to another, never sustaining anything long enough to get the results I had in mind. When you TRULY shift away from it all being about weight to focusing on optimal health and self-care, a healthy lifestyle is sustainable and enjoyable. When that happens, many people lose weight "without trying" as a side benefit. And even if weight loss doesn't happen, it doesn't matter because you are healthier (which is the goal) and you love yourself just as you are instead of feeling the need to change."

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S-N-I-P 8/9/2013 4:18PM

    Very nice blog, thank you. Yes it is so true, who will look after our bodies if we do it not ourselves..
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LAURAAT 8/9/2013 11:47AM

    I realized not too long ago I treat my dogs better than my own body sometimes. I make sure they eat right, with not too many treats. They are kept groomed, comfortable, and happy. They get enough movement and play every day. Why don't I treat my own body better?! Definitely a good realization to come to. emoticon

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MJ7DM33 8/9/2013 11:31AM

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