Growing up I always struggled with weight and self image especially being surrounded by much smaller friends or the ideal body type of woman constantly being flaunted to me by the media. Being able to shed what my mother called ‘baby fat’ in my teens made me feel like I could fit in and be less self conscious. As the years have gone by and the older I get I cannot think of one day where a thought regarding my weight or ‘body goals’ wouldn’t cross my mind. Last year was one of the hardest years for me regarding this as it took me by complete surprise. One of my goals for 2016 was to live a more healthier and fitness orientated life and knowing that I was aware of the changes I needed to make and also bearing in mind and priding myself on the fact that I can lose weight as easily as I can gain it , I thought it would be smooth sailing. To my shock and frustration , all the gym sessions and attempts at healthy eating seemed not to be working as well as they did in the past. I had just recently entered a new relationship and laughed off the slight bulge I noticed from all those endless dinner dates but seeing that I wasn’t making any progress in losing it all started to frustrate me and my self esteem took a huge knock. I either clinged onto food or completely starved myself to feel better about this new reality , feeling completely helpless I came across a yogi page on instagram where this lady expressed similar frustrations and how her life had been transformed by yoga and meditation.
I have always been fascinated with the practice of yoga and mediation since reading one of my favorite novels ‘Eat Pray Love ‘ by Elizabeth Gillbert and the timing almost felt serendipitous, I instantly had this ‘Aha!’ moment and did my research on how I can get started. During all this time of being more aware of my body and the harm I have caused it with contraceptives and bad health habits , I realized that I had an unhealthy relationship with the way I viewed food and maybe that could be the root of all my issues. I googled and googled anything that could give me answers on why this was and how to kick it to the curb.
True to form of the universe giving you what you attract, I came across a book called ‘Meditate Your Weight’ by Tiffany Cruikshank . I felt an overwhelming sense of joy knowing that this book could possibly hold all the answers I had and then some. The novel is about training your brain for optimal health and wellness shedding scientific light onto why we often struggle to lose weight and how the practice of yoga and meditation has been proven to aid in the physical loss of weight as well as add an overall better sense of self that can be sustained. Meditate Your Weight includes a 21 Day retreat to optimize your metabolism and feel great through simple practice of meditation accompanied by a detailed guideline on how to navigate your way through the 21 days seamlessly.
One of my 2017 goals is to be more gentle on myself through the practice of yoga and mediation and let the rest come. One of the most comforting things in life is knowing you aren’t the only person facing a certain problem and the solution’s or help is never far away, the key is to fiercely chase for what you want and not rest until you get it.
P.S – Your health and wellness journey is exactly that, yours. Don’t let anyone feel entitled to shame you for not reaching the space you journeying to.
” Meditation practice isnt about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it’s about befriending who we are. ” -Ani Pema
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