Friday, May 21, 2010

No-Weigh Friday

Happy Friday! We had heavy rains overnight, so good for the garden. My hydrangeas adore the rain. They barely survived a very late frost a couple of years ago but have rebounded splendidly. They have lots of buds getting ready to explode in bunches of lavender blue beauty.


I have a very nice non-scale victory to share. There is a very slim, very fit and very pretty woman who works out at my gym. She's there whenever I'm there and from how fit she is, she's probably there when I'm not, as well. She walked up to me on Wednesday morning and said, "You look great, all your hard work is really paying off!" That was so nice of her to say and so nice to hear. I'm definitely going to pay it forward next time I'm at the gym.

Which brings me to the topic of body pride. Do you hate your body? I used to hate my body, hated that it betrayed me with low energy, sore knees and an aching lower back. Horrible foot and ankle pain and frequent headaches. But my body didn't betray me, I betrayed it by neglecting it, feeding it poor quality junk food and spending far too much time on the couch or in front of the computer. I'd never give my car the wrong fuel, it's really sad how I didn't treat myself with the same care as my automobile.

When I heard Barbara Cobb speak at the Alive Expo, she said something that really stuck with me. "If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?" There were giggles from the audience, but think about it. Our bodies are a gift that we are entrusted to care for. And when cared for properly, it will repay us handsomely. A little nourishment, a little movement and lots of positive reinforcement will cause the body to bloom with happiness, vibrant energy and a whole lot less pain.

I've decided to take the challenge proposed by Lyn at Escape from Obesity, to choose a body part we are proud of, photograph it and blog about it. I come from a family where most of the women have no shoulders. The straps of every bra I've ever owned would fall and have to be righted all day long. Not fun. But since I started weight training I have built myself shoulders. They are strong, shapely and I'm so proud of them. (Sorry about the graininess, the lighting isn't very good in that bathroom.)


Straps don't fall off of these shoulders!

Treat your body like the treasure that it is, give it nourishment, movement and rest. Look in the mirror and tell it how beautiful it is to you. Love your body, it's the only one you get.

6 comments:

  1. Wow! You're right! You have very strong, shapely shoulders. That is awesome. Thank you for sharing that :)

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  2. Woo Hoo! Those are some nice caps - NROLW is good for that :D

    I don't hate my body anymore. Changing how I talked to myself changed everything. Funny, I took pics of my shoulders yesterday, but never posted them :D

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  3. Very important points to remember. It seems almost "out of body" in the way that I'd abuse myself. As if it wasn't really my body in the first place. Really sad.

    Great pic...you should be proud of those shoulders too!

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  4. Damn, Andra...you're a fox!

    --ro

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