I saw this greeting card at a local co-op awhile back.
I laughed out loud. I couldn't help it. I pretty much live in yoga attire. :)
It bubbled up some real feelings, though...honest questions and things that felt important for me to consider.
I ranted in my journal.
Here's an excerpt of that rant, it's how I actually feel about the cute card that made me laugh at the co-op...
What other people think about me eating a scone is really none of my business.
Who cares whether or not they think I deserve it? If I truly feel good about eating it, there's no need to justify anything to anyone.
I don't like the thought of having to earn or deserve my food.
To me, it implies that I had to struggle, struggle, struggle doing some form of exercise I hate to '"deserve" the "sinfully" delicious thing in front of me now.
That feels like it sucks all the fun out of life and food and movement.
Let's cut the ties between food and worthiness. Are you with me?
- Food and weight
- Exercise and weight
- Weight and worthiness
Our relationships with food and exercise don't need to center around the scale. That's a choice.
What if they were centered around fun and feeling a certain way, instead of looking a certain way?
Part of my definition of "healthy" is not being "healthy" all the time.
I eat pizza, drink too much wine and coffee, and skip my workouts sometimes.
Things like this used to freak me out. I strived to always hide my imperfections and felt ashamed when I couldn't. When I'd miss workouts, I'd be scared I would gain 10 pounds overnight. (For real. Silly.)
Now, I've simply made the decision to be kinder to myself. To expect and embrace imperfection. To be flexible and in the flow with life. To give myself the benefit of the doubt and a break. To trust that I'll get "back on track".
And, to know that oftentimes being "off track" is part of being "on track". Liberation.
Here's what I'm trying to say...
Be kind to yourself.
Give yourself permission to "be bad" every now and again. Choose scones over salads sometimes...and enjoy them. You'll certainly be happier and probably healthier and more fit, in the long run.
I'd love to hear from you! What feelings and thoughts bubbled up when you read the card? What about when you read my rant? Do you agree?
Share in the comments below!
Annalicia is a yoga & Pilates instructor, health coach, writer, speaker, and founder of YogaAndPilatesOnline.com. She is a health & fitness contributor to CBS Minnesota News, The Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, ELITE DAILY, and Cameron Diaz's Body Book Blog. Through her Free 21-Day Movement Challenge, Yoga & Pilates Online Membership program, and writings, Annalicia helps women across the globe transcend the fears, doubts, and excuses blocking them from the fit, healthy lifestyles they desire. With 10+ years of teaching experience and a life's journey of lessons to share, she guides women on their path to achieving the lives & bodies they've always wanted - on terms rooted in deep self-understanding and self-care.
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