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Feeling my Feelings

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Week 27 In Review

This week feels like a blur. I got in my fitness minutes where I could, but it seems a little haphazard. It certainly wasn’t as ‘hard-core’ as I would like. My weight situation is stagnant, so I’m happy for that. (No gain.) I did aim to eat according to my body’s needs and maybe I’m finally learning how to do that.

I tidied up the house a bit, but every week repeats the same pattern of mess.
I did try the 10 squats before snacking again and it really seems to bring my focus back, so it will be a habit from now on.

Yesterday I took a short walk/job and it felt great. Something about the wind and sun in my face brought me back to the joy of playful movement. I think it is what children feel when they are running around being kids.

Another highlight of the week is that I learned I can hang in pull up position, with my chin over the bar. I didn’t know I could do that, and maybe a pull-up is doable after all. I saw a woman in a TV show doing pull-ups and she looked ordinary, not like the beach bodies I usually see doing such feats. That gives me hope.

Next week’s goals:

emoticon Get in ten minute walks whenever I can. Run, walk, or swim if I can. I like to swim for an hour and I’m not sure I’ll have that block of time, so swimming might take a back burner. I’ve signed up for a line dancing class and since I paid for it already, I’ll go and enjoy and get a little movement that way too.

emoticon The main thing I want to do is to mind my body’s cues for eating: I’ve finally gotten around to reading ‘Intuitive Eating’ and I like it. There are things in there I hadn’t thought about. For example, the book describes that even a fit person can have the ‘diet’ mentality if they are obsessed with calories and have ‘rules’ for eating. It suggests that we reacquaint ourselves with the flavors that we like and to tune back into our own body’s desires for the foods that will fit our hunger. I will work on exercising the habits described in the book. I will feel my feelings instead of feeding them.

emoticon Read and reflect on the fifth article in Mind over Body, “Become Your Own Best Motivator”:
(I forgot to read it last week.)
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