❂ Mindfulness / / Today in the Park / / Mindful Eating and Exercise ❂

Today in the park I had a wonderful time.  Walking beneath a curtain of leaves with the sunlight shining through, I felt as radiant as the stars.  I thought to myself, “If I smile, I will be like the dandelions looking up at me.”  I wanted to be a part of nature so badly.  The best feeling was knowing that I was walking on Earth next to a man who loves me with as much fire as I love him.  I danced in a muddy meadow with him and we appreciated the sun on each others faces.  Going home, I felt amazing.

 

Mindful eating has always been something that I have struggled with.  Between ages 14 and 16 I struggled with being underweight due to restricting my calorie intake and exercising for hours every day.  I wanted to be perfect.  I wasn’t enjoying my food or my workouts.  About a year ago I went to therapy and learned about how to apply mindfulness to pretty much anything, including eating and exercise.  However, these things are much easier said than done.  After having gained the weight I lost back (I am now a healthy size), I found that I simply could not stop eating.  It sounds funny to say it out loud (butter biscuits are always calling me), but its something that I’ve been struggling with for a while now.  Though I am not overweight, I’m not the healthiest I’ve been and haven’t been to the gym in ages.  One thing that I’ve learned about exercise is that it has to be fun for it to be mindful.  When I was working out in the weight room and on the treadmill, all I could think about was how many calories I could burn.  But now, thanks to my parents and friends, I’ve found a new love for bicycling, which I do almost every day.  I ride my bike and enjoy feeling the wind in my hair.  That is true mindfulness.  Find something that does that for you is my advice.  As for eating, I think that we should make every meal something special so that we are able to feel proud, and therefore mindful about it.  If you put a lot of effort into creating a dish, you’ll be super excited about eating it.  Also, it doesn’t hurt to snack and have donuts and biscuits – as long as you’re not doing it every day.  I struggle with this.

Love,

Sophie

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