I thought I’d share this inspirational quote today in honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
I found it in Courtney Martin’s book, Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters, which I finished this past weekend and probably will be talking about quite a bit going forward.
The quote was in relation to one young woman suffering with an eating disorder who finally one day snapped (in a good way) and “woke up” during a yoga class when the instructor shared those six small words with such ginormous meaning.
“Meet your body where it is”
What do you interpret this to mean? For me, it’s like this: instead of berating it for letting you down on a scale or size of jeans, meet your body where it is in the here and now.
Instead of fretting over having eaten too much pumpkin pie, you meet your body where it is and accept the indulgence, moving on tomorrow.
Rather than getting upset that all you had time for this weekend was a walk after dinner, you meet your body where it is and thank your legs for carrying you those two miles.
Thank your biceps for being able to lift that heavy turkey or set up those tables. Thank your brain for being able to process “I’m past full now!” Thank your calves for helping you reach that top china cabinet without needing a ladder. Thank your eyes for giving you the ability to see everyone around you. And thank your heart for letting love in … and for being able to emit it just the same.
I think a positive quote like this is what we all need to hear — whether you struggle with disordered eating or not — before a big holiday.
Times like these are about family, friends and loved ones. Being together. Reminiscing and planning for future fun. They’re not meant to be spent obsessing over getting in that workout or eating perfectly clean the whole time.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (the more I repeat it, the more I believe it: “Life’s meant to be lived.”
Let’s live a little. And leave those negative thoughts outside; they have no place in our minds.
How about you? How can you meet your body where it is? And what are you thankful for?
Blog note: (I’ll be on hiatus til Monday, December 1). See you then, and have a safe, happy and healthy holiday. We can dish when we’re all back!!