Your body works in a million miraculous ways. Somewhere along the way you have forgotten what all babies know - how to eat when you are hungry and stop when your hunger is satisfied. Even young children when confronted with tables full of food including all the sweets and snacks they could want end up eating a balanced healthy diet. All it takes is for you to re-learn your own special inbuilt mechanisms. This really could be as simple as listening to your body's true hunger signals and need for movement. This is something everyone can do.
This type of thinking is also why I'm not weighing myself during the challenge. I weighed in and I will weigh out but honestly at this point it's not about that for me. What is really interesting to me is that when I talked to the Challenge Coach at last week's workshop, her words to me were, "Helen, I do not want you to focus on, even or think about weight loss. I want you to think about the freedom you want and how it makes you feel as you've experienced it a bit this last week." Even she realizes I want freedom and peace with it all.
Speaking of peace, the yoga classes seem to be a good compliment to my running. They are a mixture of hot yoga and warm yoga (because in a hot yoga studio even if the room isn't super heated it's always a little warm). I wasn't sure how I would feel about them because though I've done yoga of all sorts I'd never done warm/hot. So far, I'm liking them and I'm trying to get to two a week. At the end of one of my classes last week the instructor asked us to just take a minute to think about what we'd just done and thank our body for its gift of movement. There was no judgement on whether or not the movement was good enough or the right form or how your body looked doing it. Simply being thankful for what your body did that day.
It felt good to sit in that moment and realize as with food, I don't have to think of my body as good or bad. I can just be grateful that I can move. May I have another week of eating and moving like a baby.
And freedom. Most of all freedom.