I LOVE waterfalls. When I used to hike regularly with my Dad, I prioritized hikes with waterfalls.
I had the honor of hiking with a group called Fat Girls Hiking last weekend. I was pleasantly surprised when our hike culminated at the waterfall pictured above.
Following our hike, we went to a beachy area of the Columbia River, that I had not been to before. Anna Chapman led a workshop where she asked my husband to play the guitar in the background. That was pretty spectacular for me. I even wrote in my journal "I can't believe that I'm in an Anna Chapman workshop, AND that she asked my husband to play the guitar!” I first learned of Anna Chapman from a The BodyLove Project podcast interview. I’ve admired her and her work ever since, but I had never had the opportunity to meet her before last weekend.
During the workshop, we did some light yoga stretches, meditation, and journaling. She asked us to write about an intention that we have - something that enhances our life, not something that comes with shame. She then asked us to write about what we want to let go of.
My intention is to go back to my Miracle Morning practice, but on my own terms. This is something that I learned from Hal Elrod's book called The Miracle Morning. I practiced his SAVERS (Silence, Affirmation, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, Scribing) routine almost every day at 5AM, for almost a year. While there are many parts of that practice that I loved...it was also VERY much entrenched in diet mentality and diet culture for me.
It was a part of my high and mighty, I am so tough and disciplined persona that I was striving for. What I thought made me a better person than I've ever been in my life.
However, that period of my life was so unhealthy. So restrictive, so isolated, filled with unrealistic expectations...I missed out on so much.
In the book Intuitive Eating, the authors write about dichotomous or black and white thinking. This is something that I have experienced my whole life, but especially as an adult. I was determined to be a successful and accomplished adult...at all costs. This thinking was also a driving force of my diet mentality.
When I read their suggestion for how you get out of the dichotomous thinking trap - "Going for the Gray" - it really spoke to me. I definitely needed more balance, more gray, as opposed to the dramatic extremes of black and white.
Just as some individuals might need a break from certain types of exercise, certain food items, or other things that they feel represent or trigger their former dieting mentality - I needed a long break from my Miracle Morning practice.
What I want to let go of is dichotomous thinking, and unhealthy/unrealistic expectations. I'm ready to go back to my Miracle Mornings - gray style. No set start time (it can be a Miracle Afternoon or a Miracle Evening!), no set amount of time that I engage in each component of the process, and no set amount of days of the week that I engage in this practice. I will aim for 1-3 days a week. However, I will allow space and grace for more or less.
In honor of my one-year Intuitive Eating anniversary, I'm inspired to read the Intuitive Eating book from start to finish - once again. Something new speaks to me every time I read it, and I look forward to gleaming new insights after a full year of practicing. However, if I feel drawn to a different book during the reading portion of the SAVERS practice - I will honor that choice. This is something that I never would have allowed myself to do before. If I had selected a book, that was the book that I was going to read until it was finished.
What is an intention that you would like to set for yourself? What would enhance your life? What would you like to let go of? The answers to these questions from Anna Chapman last weekend, certainly aid in our ability to Live More.
Tiffany was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She lives with her husband, kids, and chocolate lab. Her favorite vacations so far (beyond camping in the family motorhome), have been to Kauai, Key West, New York City, and Sayulita. She looks forward to expanding that list!
A heartfelt thanks to Julie G Photography.