We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.
- From Little Bee
Got some battle scars? Is that survival instinct still there? In a few days I have a post on journaling in which you can liken each day to a battle - it is - and we know the enemy. That enemy has left bruises and scars. Do we keep coming back for more? If you think you might want to journal, get a pretty one. My post suggests using different ink colors - a color for each kind of day or emotion. If you really want to get into it, a scrapbook where you can express yourself through art might help you stay in touch. You could put each day's food consumption there, if you exercised or not, how you felt, things that happened, etc.
Now - a word about exercising. In Gary Taubes' book, Why We Get Fat and What to do About It - he asks if you wanted to tell a person how to get very hungry, what would you tell that person? Answer: eat less, exercise. Many of us exercise; some don't. I have some information for you. Let's say that an hour of aerobics burns 350 calories, for example. That is not the effective calorie burn. You would have been burning calories anyway. I was kind of bummed when I read that but it does make sense. Exercise is good for endurance, muscle strength, and it does burn some calories but we can make the mistake of giving it too much credit. I think for dieters the biggest plus is the increase in our BMR (basal metabolic rate). The more muscle on your body, the more calories will be burned just sitting still. (I like that part) I also read an article that if we had to choose between aerobics and weight lifting - weight lifting is the best for us.
So - let's limit our scars and bruises. If we fight using all our resources, we will win the battles and that inner demon can look like he/she had been dragged through a keyhole.