the ugly of exercise, leftovers and intuitive eating, and a podcast I can't get enough of.
|Nov 18, 2019|
on my mind // Given Bodies and @immaeatthat’s Movement Web
Call me sheltered, but it wasn’t until college that I really learned that the act of moving our bodies can be used and abused.
“I don’t like running, but I like what it does to my body,” one friend told me. And that single sentence represents so much of the angst, grief and discomfort I witnessed on the topic of exercise and body while in college.
I didn’t have words to explain or make sense of what I was seeing and hearing. But I knew deep down that practices and beliefs like those of my friend were problematic.
So, in college, I did what any rebel would do: I only moved how I wanted and when I wanted.
Along the way, I missed some exercise/fitness/movement opportunities that would have been really enjoyable in hindsight.
But, through only doing what I wanted when I wanted, I learned two important lessons.
I learned that movement as a means of controlling our body size, managing eating habits, and coping is a manipulative taskmaster; it gives the illusion of control while ultimately controlling you. But, I also learned that movement solely done to connect us to our bodies frees us to enjoy and celebrate the goodness and gift that our bodies are, no matter their shape or size
And this movement web below from Kylie Mitchell of @ImmaEatThat is helping me differentiate between movement that imprisons me and movement frees me. Instead of asking movement to give us results, this exercise of creating a movement web asks us to examine the ways we abuse exercise to serve the gods of thinness and control, then hear what our bodies are telling us about joy and pleasure through movement.
We’re creatures given bodies. And just like our appetites, we can use our movement to serve our own ends, feeding our fears and catering to our idols. Or we can see movement as the gift that it is: an opportunity to delight in the goodness of the created world.
in my feed // The Leftovers Effect from @EvelynTribole
If I had to summarize the most important lesson I’ve learned through practicing intuitive eating, it just might be this.
from my life // Catlick
I wondered if Catlick could live up to the hype all over my Instagram.
My friends, it did. Hartman’s storytelling is excellent, but it’s his humility and self-reflection that makes this podcast exceptional.
final words // from Lore Ferguson Wilbert
“I have always loved the gerunds of the gospel, the -ings of our transformation from darkness to light. The becoming, the being, the awakening, the walking, the confessing, and the doing of God’s work. I love the concept of being a work in progress and not the one who has arrived and shows the others the way to go. This is who I am today. By God’s grace it is not who I was yesterday and by his mercy, it is not who I will be tomorrow.”