If I could have, I certainly would not have chosen this particular form, given the bony ideal of our society. Mine would have been taller, leggier, skinnier-armed. But since I wasn’t consulted in the matter, and since I walk around in these curves every day, sleep with them every night and wake up with them again, I’ve had to make peace with them. Consequently, I’ve come to think my body is quite lovely and womanly.
— Geneen Roth*
Today’s Writing Group prompt: Tell us about a skill (other than writing) that you’re currently working on building in your daily life.
So many. Mostly, or most importantly, I’m working on my health habits. This means that I’m trying to make making healthy choices a habit. This means that I’m tracking my food intake and trying to pay attention to my hunger cues. This means I’m going to the gym or otherwise exercising more days than not (right now it’s 4, so I’ll take it), even when I really don’t want to. This means I’m learning to recognize that surge that happens after something stressful that automatically makes me think, “I must eat to fix this thing I don’t want to feel anymore, and don’t give me any of that carrot stick shit.”
This also means that I am exhausted. And resentful. And hungry. But I keep trying.
* I’m not there yet, but this kind of acceptance is what I strive for.