FGvW Reviews: Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield12:20:00 PM
**waves** Hi everyone -- I'm not dead, I promise. I started the new year very hopeful and then got the wonderful news that I have heel ...
**waves** Hi everyone -- I'm not dead, I promise. I started the new year very hopeful and then got the wonderful news that I have heel spurs in both of my feet. They are very painful and it totally made me slam on the breaks with walking, going to the gym. Steroid shots didn't work, going to physical therapy next. But if that doesn't work, I may have 2 more surgeries ahead of me. Fun!
1. Rebecca Scritchfield is my dietitian and my friend.
2. She did give me a copy of the book to review and enjoy, but not before I had purchased a copy for myself.
3. I may be a little biased because I'm quoted in the book (pg. 219)
It's taken me reading the book twice to really process a lot of Body Kindness. My first read had me thinking that the book was organized wrong, and the second read had me convinced that you could read each section out of order and see something you might have missed if you read the book from front to back. I realized that Body Kindness wasn't organized wrong: it was organized to undo a lot of the familiar harm (from easier to undo to harder to undo) we've seen in countless other diet/weight loss/fitness books and articles in order to open the reader up to a new way of thinking about not just their body but, more importantly, their life. I should have known that Rebecca would be sneaky like that and make the book a gigantic head fake (a Randy Pausch term for indirect learning).
Body Kindness is divided into four main sections:
- What you do ("Habits like eating, exercise, and sleep choices");
- How you feel ("The thoughts and emotions that influence your day-to-day choices and overall life satisfaction");
- Who you are ("Your beliefs and values that help you focus on what's really important to you and why"); and
- Where you belong ("The relationships every single one of us needs that provide the opportunity to be part of something greater than ourselves").
For me, it's humbling to think of my own life in the context of such miraculous and historical beauty [the Grand Canyon]. How can I waste another moment of my short years on this planet down-playing the miracle of this body I have been given? From tiny cells we become the most beautiful thinking, breathing, feeling creatures on earth. What an amazing gift we have been given, and how dare we squander and abuse it?
In other words, this book is about the pre-contemplation phase (I call it "foundation," but "re-calibration" also works) that every person must go through BEFORE deciding they want to make a change in their life. And, in my opinion, the first part of that epiphany is realizing that you deserve a life that you love–a life that's more than just going through the motions of what is expected or what you think others want you to be.