Day 6 – Shifting self-perceptions

11 06 2010

It seems that throughout the day, my perception of myself is continually changing. And I don’t mean it is evolving over time. There are moments throughout the day where I feel great about myself. I look in the mirror and I am proud of myself. I know that there are things that I need to improve, but I feel good about where I’m at and where I’m heading.

Then, there are moments (and unfortunately, these still seem to be the norm for most of the day…)  where I see a reflection of myself, or I see myself how others might see me, and all of a sudden I don’t feel so good anymore. I feel wide, a little chubby, not so attractive. I can’t wait til I have that first feeling most of the time, and for when that is the norm. I want to feel good about myself and love where I am at – I know I am on my way, but it definitely is a process.

But – I was surprised yet again… I am continually surprised at how un-hungry I am throughout the day. This morning I ate a beautiful mix of grains (amaranth, millet, quinoa, steel-cut oats and buckwheat groats) with boysenberries, hemp seeds and maple syrup. A wonderful meal – at about 7am. At about noon, I thought I was feeling a little hungry, but I was busy driving, and ignored it. It went away. It didn’t come back until 3pm. I was amazed that I lasted that long on my breakfast. And I wasn’t even that hungry at 3! Wow! This really makes it hit home for me that I wasn’t listening to my body before. I was eating because it was time to eat. I was eating the amount of food I thought I was supposed to eat, which was way to much. Now I listen to when I’m hungry, and try to only eat the amount that will keep me satisfied. I keep snacks with me, so if I do get hungry, I can have a healthy snack of nuts or fruit, and keep myself going.

My mom shared something with me awhile ago about eating until you are full. Your body creates a little belch (not a big belch, but a little inner belch) when you have had enough. I have started to listen and feel for that belch. It usually comes earlier than I think, but when I listen to that, my body is happy. Good advice!

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12 06 2010
Rissa Ree

So glad to hear that you and your body are learning to communicate again! It can be such a beautiful relationship! Keep inspiring sistah!

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