Today I realise I must hate my body, I am sitting after a massive sugar binge and food intake feeling bloated and disgusted. My poor body! So tomorrow it's back on the paleo wagon. I have been bouncing on and off paleo since the new year and at times I have felt fantastic but at other times I have been totally abusing myself.
So I guess the first step is strengthening my mind, believing in myself and learning to love my body. Then everything will fail in from there. My body has run, walked, biked miles and it can be strong and lift weights.
So hackers do you love your body?
I love my body! I really do. I catch myself looking in the mirror every time I walk by. When I walk up to the door at work every morning and see my reflection, I still can't believe that's me! Sometimes I see myself and don't even recognize this person.
There are parts that are not my favorite, but overall, I am so happy exactly where I am that I can deal with them.
Love your body and it will love you back. The body can only do as well as it can based on the food we feed it. Crap in, crap out. It is not the body's fault it is just reacting to how we abuse it. An Elder once told me "we must learn to forgive ourselves our humaness". We are human, we have faults, we make mistakes, we learn from those mistakes and continue forward. We need to love ourselves, accept we are human with all our flaws, once we relax and let go of hate or other negative thoughts/emotions aimed at ourselves we will then be free to progress as nature intended. The human mind can be a prison if we allow it or it can be a limitless horizon - we choose which.
I am anxious to add more bulk to my body along with some fat cushion on my well-defined cheek bones so I will be bulk-ordering beef tallow and lard both from a farm that raises grass-fed animals. I plan to stir fry veggies in pig fat and toss in some shrimp, scallops, clams or mussels for variety, along with herbs, spices and sauces ranging from hot to sweet, sour, hot and sweet, sweet and sour etc using lemons, limes, orange juice etc...maybe some blueberries. I will scramble my eggs in pig lard and woof them down with heaping mounds of sausage or bacon. I will eat fatty nuts every day and honey by the spoonful. Avocados drenched with fresh squeezed lemons all day long. Maybe some sweet potato fries cooked in beef tallow and sprinkled with seasonings? If there is fat, I will find it and scarf it down, deluxe style, BEAST mode.
The issue with me is I can eat bacon burgers soaked in animal grease all day (minus the bun and cheese since I am 100% Paleo and GFCF) and not gain a pound. I actually had to cut-down on my cardio in order to maintain a healthy look. Before Paleo it seemed like I could run for miles and sweat buckets without shedding a single fat cell from my waist.
My waist is 28. I weigh 130. I bench about 200.
What I like most about my body is I feel like I look like a diagram that walked out of an anatomy textbook and came to life. Honestly, I feel like a kinesiology class could use my body as a specimen in order to identify all the major muscle groups. When I look at myself I can see all the wonderful intricacies in places where there used to be unnatural bulk; curves, edges and striations that make elaborate, complex motion possible. I am less enamored with my self and more just amazed by physical existence in general and the potential that we have to live well, eat, sleep, drink and mate like there's no tomorrow. This Earth is an incredible gift to experience in the flesh.
I've never identified with the love or hate mindset wrt the body. On most days, I'm just "meh"; other times when I really think about it, I just feel a humble respect for such an amazing multifaceted instrument on temporary loan, despite my occasional abuses.
I try hard to love my body every day, although at times it's difficult. Seems so easy to criticize every bump and lump, spot of cellulite, changes in skin etc. But I try to be thankful, in awe of it even, when I am able to perform feats of strength, run fast or help people with something physical. I am very greatful every day that I have my health and strength and try to be mindful that perfection doesn't exist and your flaws are what make you human.
I'm in the process of learning how to love my body - I'm not there yet - but one day I hope.
I know that I am my own toughest critic! And I wish that I could see myself the way my partner sees me. Like I said - hopefully one day!
I look, sound and act just like Shia Lebouf. No joke. From his face, to his mannerisms, even his hair. My whole family, friends, and random strangers tell me that I could be famous. When I watch some of his movies, I can't even believe it myself. It is quite odd, but I am older than he is, so I was here first. haha. The good thing is that him being a famous guy now kinda puts my "look" on the map.
Most people I know tell me that I have a good sculpt and build. I keep fit pretty easily and I'm far stronger than my size would indicate. I can bench press over 300lbs now. At 155, I would guess that's not very common. I can also run like the wind and am very quick on my feet. When I play racquetball, my brother, who competes on a pro-level and does quite well, says I am faster on the court than anyone he's ever played. So that's pretty cool.
One of the 'genie' wishes I'd make is to be slightly taller. I'm 5'8" and wouldn't mind being about 6 feet tall. Two of my brothers are 6'2" so I kinda feel like I got gypped in the height department. Maybe I just have "short man's envy". I also wish my skin generated its own moisture more efficiently. I've had dry skin on my arms/hands and legs/feet since I was a small child and often wondered if being given the bottle of nasty early 80's formula from birth up until 6 months didn't help with that. It was only when I became so sick that my parents feared for my death enough to ask the Doc what was going on. Doc said to switch to breast feeding and somehow my mom was able to at 6 mos. Not even drastically changing my diet a year ago helped with that so I am stuck using Eucerin skin creme for now. But oddly, I have noticed that tanning might be helping. That may be my third thing. I would like to tan easier but it's not that important really. I am part Peurto Rican and part Jewish, so I do tan well and my skin can become a nice golden brown. It's just that it takes more effort than I'd like.
Overall, if I had to choose between keeping my body as is or some random, unknown guy in a blind swap sort of a deal, I would stick with what I've got. So I think that answers the question.
There is a line in a song that I like that goes "I've got a perfect body, but sometimes I forget. I've got a perfect body, 'cause my eyelashes catch my sweat." It reminds me that the perfection in my body is more in the way it WORKS than the way it looks. Kind of amazing the way those eyelashes keep my eyes from filling with sweat at the end of a workout.
I don't always love what my body looks like (although I do more and more since starting Paleo), but I love what it can do - breathe, walk, have great sex, lift heavy things, laugh, carry two children inside it, make milk for those children, etc.
I neither love or hate my body.
I have to say that the question itself represents our unhealthy overall understanding of our bodies. Rather than love or hate I try to focus on a more practical understanding of my body. How can I utilize my body to do things I want to do. If I can’t execute that action to the degree I want I institute changes in diet and lifestyle that will hopefully develop my ability to perform those actions better in the future. Be clinical about it.
And I would add that an underlying theme in questions of this sort is that you understand food more as a reward/treat than as a fuel. I would say that for longterm success in shaping the body and person that you desire this understanding needs to change. Be clinical about it: make tasty food of course, but understand that it is fuel; derive pleasure from other things in life – relationships, physical culture, play, kids, dogs, whatever.
Our culture, at least in the US, tries to derive too much pleasure out of food. Don't misunderstand me and simple say "but i want it to taste good!". We all do. The two ideas are not mutually exclusive. You can make tasty food but understand that its fuel. Its not the highlight of your day.
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