When I caught a glimpse of my flabby belly in the mirror this morning my first reaction was disgust and self-flogging commentary. And then I said out loud “STOP!” Stop the negative self talk and love the body you’re in: fit, healthy, curvy and going strong.
That’s when the first Epiphany in the Bathroom happened (I have them from time to time):
A much nicer way to view it is; “My slightly flabby belly is a REMINDER that my food habits are out of BALANCE with my body's needs.” Apparently I have been taking in more energy units (calories) than I have been burning up. That’s all. Analyze who, what, where and when those extra energy units are going in your face and start to bring yourself back into Balance. Ah, much better! Empowering! I put myself lovingly back in control of my best health.
Epiphany in the Bathroom #2 – A better way to think about any physical, emotional or spiritual ill health is to look at it as our body is reminding us that we are simply out of balance. We need to take the emotional component out of it and just listen to our body's wisdom.
- Tired = My body’s reminder to me that my wake/sleep cycle is out of balance
- Stiff = My body’s reminder to me that my stretching/sitting ratio is out of balance
- Stressed = My body’s reminder to me that my fun time is out of balance with my work/in- law/deadline time
- Weak = My body’s reminder to me that my muscle strength is out of balance with the tasks I ask it to perform
I believe that this is a much more loving and empowering way to recognize what is wrong and can inspire us to take the steps to gradually change the habits that put us out of balance to begin with.
From your motivational speaker who's body is telling her to go eat a healthy salad.