|this little piggy...|
I'm staying active. I've managed yoga or walking every day. My muscles are waking up, slowly and achingly. My body seems to remember the yoga routines and I move along through the postures even though it requires more effort (and sweat!) than it used to. I look forward to yoga. I feel good!
But eating... eating is the big challenge right now. It's like after all this time (years, really) of some foods being good (green leafys) and some foods being bad (hello bread, pasta, cookies, rice) I'm in a self-serving indulgence phase. Maybe it's already starting to wear off. Last night, salad tasted good alongside a salmon burger and slices of roasted yam. Delicious. Nutritious. Felt good. And the cookies, throughout the day (egads!) were tasty but not entirely satisfying.
I read a magazine article recently where the woman's doctor suggested that maybe she was indulging her sweet tooth because she lacked pleasure in other areas of her life. That makes sense for me. Wrangling with depression, the particular challenges of motherhood, a job that's just a job, maintaining a tight family budget... all these things make finding pleasure, and then accepting it, difficult for me.
So let's add to my resolution of making peace with my shape and size - to also find and immerse myself in pleasure.
One of my little pleasures is painting my toes. Something about colorful nails shining up at me from the yoga mat welcomes me back to my practice and makes me smile. Yoga itself is a challenge and a pleasure. What else gives me pleasure? What comfort, delight, satisfaction, fun!, can I reach for in the course of a day or a week of regular life challenges? What do I want to look forward to, near and far? What satisfies me in a way that cookies simply don't?
It's a common set of questions, especially for moms, I think, and important to be noticing as we work through the good days and the bad days.