skinny versus hot

Recently, I’ve been getting dizzy during yoga and a couple times just while standing. After telling a friend, she simply asked if I am eating well. It hadn’t occured to me that since I’m away from home and returning to practicing yoga 4-5 times per week from 2-3 times, I’m off my routine and not eating enough and lost a few pounds. This is VERY unusual for me. What is especially troubling is that today two women approached me to ask how I got so ‘skinny’ and asked my secret. So, I’m definitely not sharing thier approaching me to brag, I’m sharing this because our ideal is fucked up since I am actually underweight. Can’t we take personal responsibility for our health as a daily routine and not obsess? What stops us from celebrating our bodies for being strong and healthy?

Being thin is a side effect of a healthy lifestyle & if you try to be thin without taking steps & doing the work to be healthy, you’re missing out on the best part which is a healthier life. 

Both women heard the same response ‘I practice yoga and meditate and when you do both on a regular basis, your way of thinking changes and you no longer have crazy cravings on a regular basis but instead, you become mindful of what you’re eating.’ The first woman in a clothing store nodded and we spoke more about yoga, the second, in a crowded aisle at a health food store, developed a blank stare and said ‘so you’re not just cutting carbs or anything?’ I said ‘No, I still eat whatever I want but don’t obsess – I do the work on a daily basis.’ Her blank stare averted and she wandered off.  I was saddened by this second woman and how desperate she seemed. She was not overweight by any means, just desperate. The best think she could have done was taken a yoga class or gone for a walk on the beach. 

The thin body represents health so why do people try so desperately and fail miserably over and over to falsely achieve a thin body without having to do the work? People would rather spend hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of dollars to look a certain way through crappy diet and exercise programs and avoid having to do any work on the inside but without looking within there will still be a feeling of grittiness and dissatisfaction with the self. Lose the weight and you might be surprised that you’re still you, only thinner since we cannot transcend ourselves! If it is truly a priority and you want to be really happy with your appearance, take a long walk in the morning air and then look in the mirror. That glow is one of the most beautiful, sexy glows a person can have – it’s circulation, heart pounding, engaged with the world radiance. Yoga, walks, sex, meditation – really anything done mindfully and regularly will draw more interesting and interested people to you faster than any no carb diet ever will. I’m promising that you’ll be happy with yourself physically and emotionally if you take this path. Engage with life and your gorgeous body will follow. 


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