Huzzah for Friday! Such a great F word. Some of the best things in life begin with the letter F! I know one of my favorite words sure does 😉
Oh, words like FUN! Fitness!
You know what’s absolutely FABULOUS (that was unintended – it’s both an F word, and AbFab comes out today in theaters!) about FOOD? It’s stimulating, necessary, and highly pleasurable. We want it, we need it, and we (most of us) LOVE it ♥
Ummm…some of us love it a bit too much. Like eating-a-pie-chart-loving it.
The Oatmeal is an amazing comic and Matt’s irreverent sense of humor is always right on time ♥
Food is both a popular topic, and a very touchy one. We’re glad to listen to discussions about food and to take advice from folks who seem to know what they’re talking about. We admire them for having such willpower and fortitude.
Experts, like our well-meaning friends, are great at giving advice because they’ve been curious to discover solutions with things they wrestle with. We see this in our social circles as well, and we too are guilty of it.
We all do THIS:
Illusions…such a great book. Richard Bach is awesome.
I listened to two interviews recently on The School of Greatness Podcast; one was with Kathryn Budig and the other was with Mark Sisson. Something that resonated with me in both of these interviews was how body image, food, and food issues had affected them both physically and mentally.
Mark ran marathons and triathlons, and for five years, ate a half gallon of ice cream per night, plus lots of pasta, breads and rice. He trained heavily, and thus appearances seemed unaffected. However, he suffered immense inflammation and intestinal issues because of his diet, and learned how to eat differently. Personally, I do appreciate his approach to eating whole, clean foods, and though there are many schools of thought when it comes to Primal/Paleo diets, the concept is solid. Whole foods have immense benefits.
Kathryn mentioned her life and time spent in Los Angeles, and the body image issues she faced there. She mentioned that these “ideal-looking” fitness people and yogis looked fit on the outside, but she knew them and knew their nutritional habits – they were juicing all week (not eating), and binge-eating on the weekends.
Both of these authors and prolific health people clearly express issues related to food, and how people go to extremes to get what they want in very, very unhealthy ways. Pretty antithetical for the health community, yeah?
I get it. I definitely have food issues. Even after I’ve lost 100 pounds.
I had tons of resources when embarking on my goal. Now that I’m living an active, healthy lifestyle, I struggle to find resources that cover staying in the middle. Sure, there are lots of “love yourself” and “you’re beautiful as-is” – both topics that I love discussing (likely because of the Bach quote above) – but I struggle to find middle-ground things, aside from the tutelage I’m receiving in the recovery fellowship.
We’re going to get input and advice from so many sources, and it’s our job to put it all together and generate our own best practices, for what works best for US. Experts know what works best for them; only we know what works best for US.
How do we know where to begin?
We think that perhaps advice and strategies will give us a blueprint and tell us what to do. We believe we’ll follow them and stick with it for the rest of our lives. We follow them for a little bit. Then, that deep issue slowly creeps up to surface, and blows misery all over our plans. We get stuck in a cycle. We know what we “should” be doing, and yet we still struggle with the same habits and tendencies.
People who have lasting success are aware of their shortcomings, and they accept when they act out on their defects. Instead of get dragged down in a cycle of self-abuse and continuing on that downward spiral, they let go of the past and move on.
We can all do the same. The only thing that separates us is our mindset. Actions spring from mindset!
As we embark on this weekend and all the joys ahead, let’s first celebrate all we’ve overcome, and accept life’s challenges as character-building experiences. Instead of be a victim of our situation (“I did this because that happened”), let’s instead be victors of our lives (“this happened and I accept it. Here’s MY part and what I’M going to do about it”).
We are allowed to have balance in our lives, including food. If we don’t allow some of the things we don’t think we “should” have, what happens? We deny ourselves, get obsessive, and then go bezerk and go overboard!
Soon we’ll discuss why we eat, how our food has evolved over the ages, and why we simply cannot have just a little bit of certain things. We’ll cover the why, and then we’ll delve into the how (strategies), and then the what (food recommendations).
For those coming to RollerCon, I am SUPER stoked to meet you and hope you can come to my 6AM yoga classes, and the Food With SOUL workshops! If you won’t be able to join us, I’ll keep you posted on the happenings. I intend to do webinars with my workshop material 🙂
Have an amazing weekend, and keep me posted on what’s going on with you!
– Smash ♥