Listening to our body

I was programmed since I was little on what I “should” be eating. There was “good” and “bad” food.   Losing weight meant I had to exercise.  If I just put in the work, if I was just disciplined enough, I could be the perfect weight. If I had willpower I could finally do it. It used to be fat was bad, then it was carbs are the problem, and now the new fad is to eat tons of fat.

I have learned that it is not about how much I exercise or how much willpower I have. It is about listening to my body on what fuels it. Exercise is what I do for my mental health, it gets my blood pumping, I have the best ideas when I am exercising. I do not use it to punish myself or to lose weight.

What I have learned is that my body knows what feels good in it. It knows what gives me energy and what does not. This amazing body of mine has always known. I have learned that certain “healthy” foods do not feel good in my body and certain “bad” foods feel great and I can lose/maintain weight on them.  I listened to so many “experts” on what was good for my body when the “expert” was my body all along.

Have you listened to your body lately? What foods feel good in it? What do you use exercise for, is it another way to beat yourself up if you don’t do it?

Have you looked up lately?

I take the same route every day on my walk. I like it because it is about 30 mins and I like the path. I was on my walk yesterday and was thinking about my business and all the things I had to do. I looked up and I was on the wrong path. I was a little disorientated and was not exactly sure where I was. I kept walking looking at where I was going and saw the path I wanted to be on. I walked across the greenbelt, got on the path I wanted to be on and finished my walk.

Life is full of the “whirlwind”, it is full of “busy”, sometimes we think we are in the middle of a tornado. When we are in the middle of the whirlwind, we do not stop, pause and simply look up. We can sometimes be on the “wrong” path, a path that is not headed to our goals, but we can always look up and head towards the path we choose. We can always change direction; we can always take the next best action.

Have you looked up lately? Where are you headed? What path are you on? Is it a path towards your goals?

Put your oxygen mask on first.

I fly a lot. I have flown so much that I mostly tune out the flight attendant’s safety warnings. I was on a plane recently and the flight attendant said, “make sure that you put your oxygen mask on first”. It made me think about how often I never put the oxygen mask on. I used to put everyone else including my job before me. I always came in last place. I thought it was the “good or right” thing to do, it was my responsibility. But I am a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, employee, doesn’t that come first?

But does it? I have learned over the past couple of years that I have to put myself first. I must invest in myself. When I am my highest self, I take care of myself. When I show up as my best self, everyone around me benefits. When I am exhausted, eating out of control, putting everyone else’s needs before mine, I am the lowest version of myself. I am giving everyone just enough to get by, not giving anyone my full attention.
Take care of you. You are the best investment. You are worth it. Put your oxygen mask on first.