The Greatest Adaptation Happens Between the Ears

I do it every time I cross a weight loss marker – a little mini freak-out, a little self sabotage, a full out binge for a period of time.   They say that weight loss is about food and movement, but the body only goes where the mind lets it.  The mind has its own rhythm and pace and getting it to move is sometimes a challenge.   They say that the biggest adaptation to Crossfit takes place between the ears.  Its the same with weight loss.   The body does change with weight loss, but the mind has to change first.   I read this powerful blog post on Radical Hateloss earlier this week that helped me move the brain – “I love this big and beautiful body of mine, even with all its stretched out skin.  It serves me so very, very well.  It can do what I never thought it could.  It has  took a beating, and come back again…so loyal…so ready to respond in the moment that I listened.” Oh yeah, love yourself and the rest starts falling back in place.   It works soooo much better than beating yourself up.   Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets and her line from Wild Geese goes, “
You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”  I used to joke that my soft animal body loves Cherry Garcia ice cream.   And it does, sometimes, as a treat occasionally.   But what it loves even more – feeling strong.   Getting back on track…..

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