Our Pandemic Bodies
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Just read this opinion piece in the NYTs...non subscribers should be able to read 10 articles/month so hope you can. the gist of the article is that the pandemic was the pits and it did a number on many of our bodies. Not to mention the mental stress that many of us experienced. Now the diet industry is coming for us....and here at Spark we know "diets" don't work long term.
The article really hit home because I've been obsessing about my body. I actually didn't gain any weight but my middle seems to have found a life of its own. Even though I walked ALOT for months there was no gym or real hard cardio workouts. And the strength and flexibility work slipped. Even with the gyms opening up we were careful and kept our visits fewer and shorter. To top it off with my osteoporosis I shrunk another inch!
Now this isn't a medical opinion but I wonder if being shorter means the same pounds are getting squished into a smaller space?
Regardless, instead of patting myself on the back for maintaining I'm looking at my middle and asking what I need to do. What I need to do is accept it for what it is. To keep doing what I've been doing which is eating a healthy diet, exercising every day, getting back to yoga and strength work. It'll come or it won't and that's OK.
This last paragraph is one that really resonates with me and will be something that I keep in mind every day.
"If there was ever a time that we should be kind to ourselves and to others — especially about our bodies — that would be now. You’ve been living through a pandemic and doing your part to end it. That’s reason to feel good."
How are you all dealing with the post pandemic life?