I need to remind myself to slow down...

  • when I eat. Meals are not a race and this is probably why I constantly have a problem feeling "full" and can overeat. Last night I took the time to do that and didn't need to give myself any treats or snacks before bed. Was the first time in a looooooong time.
  • when I'm doing weight training. Sometimes I'm not paying attention to what I'm doing and I'm too busy focusing on the crazy thoughts in my head instead. I noticed it this morning. I'm not going to get any benefit out of the exercise if I'm not doing things correctly.
  • and do something for me every now and again. I need a haircut, I haven't had my nails done in a long time, I've never had a pedicure (and my feet are looking really sorry right now) and a massage is sounding MIGHTY fine right about now. I treat myself to clothes and food but those are necessities in a way (otherwise I'd be naked and hungry). I should do something else to just pamper myself for once.
  • and not focus on the negative in the mirror. Sure, the droopy chicken wings, the belly flap and the big thighs are in my face but I should be focusing on the crazy definition I have in my arms when I flex, the actual waist I now have, the fact that i have a long, lean neck and crazy collarbone and a tiny, little face that tops it all off.
  • and smile. Whether I like it or not, people are watching me and apparently, I don't always appear as happy as I am. It's usually because I'm deep in thought or watching people (years of being "invisible" made me a good people watcher) but a lot of people misinterpret it for me being miserable. I guess it can't hurt...don't they say something about how it's good to smile because you never know who could be falling in love with it? Or someone could be there to tell me I have something stuck in my teeth, which is always helpful too ;)


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Mandy said...

What a great post, Marie... I too have a hard time focusing on the positive when all I see is loose skin and a muffin top... but I Have to remember how others see me - and that's a LOT thinner than I used to be! :) Gotta keep it in perspective, eh???

Angie All The Way said...

Yeah, the loose skin isn't something that is likely going away for me, but I have decided to look at it more like "war wounds" to remember this journey.

Yes, take time out for yourself and treat yourself, only positive feelings can come out of that.

NattyMcGoo said...

You've never had a pedi? Holy crow - time to get one. You'll feel so good after not to mention for someone who runs it will contribute to your foot health.

I'm glad you're taking the time to focus on taking your time :)

meredi said...

Heh, no worries, I've never had a pedicure either, so you're not the only one!

But thanks for this post; it's really great. I need some practice on the first point myself... I always finish so much faster than my boyfriend when we eat, and I know I should take more time to savour things. I slowed down when eating a piece of chocolate cake last night and it was maaaahvellous ;)

Anyway, yay for crazy collarbones, lean necks, arm definition and waists -- you go girl!

Shirls said...

damn I wrote a comment and thought that didn't make it.. and sure enough..

anywhoo I just wanted to say I think we all need the reminder to slow down and enjoy the whole process more :)

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