Redefining Exercise as Mindful Movement
I want to establish the rhythm of my exercise routine to meet me right where I am today. I am shifting everything “exercise” has meant for me in the past, a tortuous have-to, into something more kind, intuitive, and life-giving. I am redefining exercise for myself as mindful movement: something the body needs that I get to give it in a balanced way.
Not too hard and not too soft. Challenging yet kind.
No taunting. No body-shaming. No torture. No self-loathing punishment.
Nope. Not anymore. Now it is:
Reverence. Appreciation. Kindness. Obedience to the body’s requests.
Exercise has changed from being fueled by a not-good-enough and have-to-exercise mentality, to an appreciation for the body God has given me, a keen attentiveness to its needs, and the diligent obedience to tend to its requests. I am rewarded for my efforts. The reward may not be immediate, but it is faithful to come.
Instead of forcing myself to do exercise, now, I GET to do it. Now it’s an item on my checklist I look forward to, because, I don’t overdo it, I refuse to attach it to my self-worth, and I remember how good it made me feel before.
What I GET to do now:
- I get to listen to what my body needs that day and provide exactly what it requests.
- I get to set my own pace, without comparing mine with others’.
- I get to show love to my body before I lose weight, as I am losing weight, and after all the unwanted weight is gone. No more picking it apart in the mirror.
- I get strive to make my body the best version of itself it can be, without it having an attachment to my self-worth. A mental shift that changes the whole game.
- I get to let the body handle weight loss naturally, as it does in its own time, while I consistently apply mindfully rejuvenating, repeatable, and pleasant movement with the pairing of smaller food portions.
No more aggressive attempts to lose the weight, ladies, just kindness and diligence.