Mindfulness and Company on the Journey
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
I'm back. I've been away for months...and before that I wasn't really participating. My weight is now higher than it was the first time I started SparkPeople, and while it's not at an all time high, it's close. I'm two pounds away from the BMI "obese" category. That's a fact.
So, while the seasons say it's not an ideal time to lose weight (in Chinese medicine, this is a time of gathering and keeping resources), it's also clear that holding excess weight is not healthy for me. I'm going to reframe that Chinese medicine idea and instead notice that gathering and keeping resources can mean many things! Resources are things that are helpful...and warm, nourishing, healthy food is a resource! And so is being active and allowing myself to feel that sparkle that comes from moving my body.
I'm also aware that the last time I was here actively, I tracked my food for about a week (staying within calorie range) and the scale did not budge. I thought (ha ha!) that plateaus and middle-aged "stuck" were for other people, but that was wrong. A tool I'm going to apply to this is *patience* -- and awareness that eating healthy food is worthwhile, even if the scale moves slowly.
The next thing I want to bring into my awareness is...*awareness*! I am currently investing in myself personally and professionally by participating in a two-year program in Hakomi, which is a mindfulness- and somatic (body)- based psychotherapy program. My goal is to become a practitioner. Clearly, I am the ultimate testing ground for the principles of mindfulness. I have been an erratic meditator, although I practice the principles of being present when I am counseling, coaching, making music, and dancing. However, I have not been practicing mindfulness principles with myself or my eating habits at all, and that is a goal I am here to begin.
One thing I know about myself is that I can jump into jackrabbit panic starts here on Sparkpeople...and then let them disappear. I don't want that to happen. My plan is to *re-read this blog again and at least one other person's blog and write another blog tomorrow* (if my power does not go out...big storm on the way). I know that changes come one step at a time.
Because I am not certain of the electric power situation, I'm not going to commit to tracking today (no internet = no ability to access Sparkpeople) but will instead commit to *drink at least five glasses of water or herbal tea today and to eat at least five to nine fruits and veggies today.*
I'll also *eat at least one meal in mindfulness today* with no distractions.
Last, as my title indicates, I'm here for company on the journey. I am so thrilled to see so many of you still here and participating. I'm aware that both *offering and receiving support* is essential in this journey, so I'm here to do both. I plan to *log in to Sparkpeople at least once per day.* See you on the path.