Recently, a fitness instructor said to me, “ the saddest thing to see is a woman in her 60s who thinks that she needs to lose 10 lbs in order to be happy”.
I think about the women who have nourished their children, built them a home, financed their dreams, traveled across oceans and earned PhDs. They have run businesses and marathons, raised the roof and jumped over the bar. These women quietly conduct the show, steering ships and turning tides. I stand in awe of their hips, wide from birthing nations. Their soft bellies and breasts were the safe cleft in the rock, the refuge for tiny hands and tender hearts.
They have come through all of this. They’ve stayed up night after night and have given beyond giving. They’ve been a lover, a mother, a leader, a servant. How could 10 lbs change what they see?
I agree, this is a sad place to be.
I am just at the beginning, streaks of grey here, softer curves there. My back clenches from reaching downward, my nights broken by hungry little hands. Will I remember all of this when I am that triumphant woman? Will I treasure all I have become to bring another through this world? Will I see myself with a silver lining?
I want the answer to be “yes” for me and for every woman, and this is what has inspired me to start talking about weight.
As a holistic health practitioner who is decidedly for the enjoyment of food, I feel it’s time for me to finally weigh in on what seems to be one of the most talked about taboos of our time.
Weight is a serious health issue in our culture, one that needs to be healed. But, I don’t think anything is going to change by introducing another diet program. Our health and weight will change, when we change our vision. Only then can we change the habits and choices that have brought us to this place.
My vision is that we will truly enjoy every morsel of delicious food we bring into our bodies; that it will be prepared lovingly and with appreciation for every being whose life helped bring it to our plates. We will give to ourselves with an intimate knowledge of just what we need and not want more. We will feel full with the greatness of life and all we have accomplished.
So how do we get there? This is what I want to discuss. Please Join me for a lively discussion about food, weight control and vitality. Enjoy scrumptious snacks and the opportunity to ask questions that are important to you.
A nourishing approach to improved health and weight control.
September 18th 2017
Swanone Pilates Studio
353 Main St. Kentville
Above Valley Stove and Cycle