Owning (myself)

I feel an indescribable ecstasy and delirium in melting, as it were, into the system of being, in identifying myself with the whole of nature-

I found myself recently at a local bookstore standing and staring at the magazine headlines, once again, I became nauseated by all the headlines touting how easy it is to lose weight and get in shape – whatever this means?!?.

One cover of a cycling magazine I quite enjoy set me off: How To Lose weight for the upcoming cycling season. Top tips and how to guide inside!

Seriously, here’s my top tip(s) – ride your bike and smile, not necessarily in that order. It pains me to see how much pressure people are under to get in shape, skinny, whatever.

I believe that you will never, never achieve your “perfect self” until you learn to love yourself – belly fat, flabby arms, scars, prior injuries etc. Should I keep on going?

I believe we, I myself, must start with loving acceptance of ourselves, right now.

Here’s my proposed first headline on the cover of CultFit the Magazine:

Each one of us are perfect, cool beings who are weightless. 

Daily Meditation:

Believe in your Perfect self – Love yourself – Be Gentle – Be You. Wanna know why?!? Because you already are

CultFit Own1

26 Comments on “Owning (myself)”

  1. Sandra says:

    Booom. I couldn’t agree more. This is the first time I have started losing weight in my life that I felt was actually sustainable. I have no races scheduled due to my foot injury. This time last year, I had already signed up for three triathlons and two road races. It’s hard, but I doubt I can do any “participations” (as my family calls it, not competitions–an attempt to try to curb our competitive nature by changing how we see our place in the event) due to my injury. So, I exercise now because I enjoy it–not for a certain goal. Still hard to do. I still do sprints and pyramids (swimming) because I want to see how fast I can go. . . and when I can, I ride as far as I can (although the weather is not cooperating!).
    So, long story short? Yeah. Right on. I’m finally starting my journey to the place you describe above.

  2. Pam Boyd says:

    YES!! Love it! You hit it right on the nose!

    • CultFit says:

      Thank you so much! A little rant from the bottom of my heart, quite honestly? I don’t feel like I rant enough about this. 😉
      I hope you have a beautiful weekend, take care!

  3. Amen. My daughter…who was a darling size at age 17…thought she was fat. A dancer and in leotards all the time, she was constantly comparing herself to the skinny, long legged girls. That led to two years of me worrying about whether or not she had an eating disorder and working with her psyche to get her to accept how beautiful she is. It is so messed up ho we allow images and society to dictate how we feel about ourselves.

    • CultFit says:

      It is messed up, gosh – I tend not to get too worked up by what many people think is a pretty trivial topic. To me its not, self love, respecting and honoring our true selves is paramount. I literally cannot scream and yell this loud enough.

  4. binvested says:

    Just the type of message I need today. Thankyou:))

  5. ksbeth says:

    yes, exactly. and what a lovely picture to go with your words 0

  6. Dana says:

    I needed this as well!

  7. Mike Riddle says:

    Round is a shape. I am round. Therefore, I am in shape. Thanks for a good read.

  8. annetbell says:

    Many thanks for the visit . Ease return again soon and often. Smiles!

  9. shythom says:

    i could not agree more! and all those fad diets, too. i have heard co-workers try again and again to start and fail diets. sometimes, it’s something like a gluten-free diet (even though they do not have any health restrictions regarding gluten). sometimes, they are following weight-watchers. they keep trying and trying… so many of these diets that promise fast results are very strict. and i don’t believe at all loving to our bodies. i believe in just moderation – which should include foods we love. and exercising is a very good thing but it must be something a person enjoys so that it is fun.

    • CultFit says:

      The only diet advice I ever share, because honestly – talking about diets and dieting is woefully self-serving … 80/20 … mind what you eat 80% of the time and the other 20%? Eat whatever you like, the “things” that makes you feel good inside. We can jump deeper into the psychology of this, although by stepping back first, taking a wider perspective, I feel its necessary to love who you are before you go strict paleo for a month then quite because “it” is not working … When in all reality, We are the ones who are not working … Deep topic of conversion as you can guess. 😉

  10. Someday we’ll get over our infatuation with “quick fixes” and being skinny. Being healthy is the long term solution to life.

  11. All that energy that goes into trying to remake ourselves into somebody else’s image – what a waste. You’ve got it absolutely right!

  12. babylondogs says:

    I love this post. I completely agree with you about how you should just get on your bike and smile. I completely get what you mean. Losing weight, etc. will be the byproduct of your activities, and shouldn’t be the goals of those activities.

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