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Friday, May 14, 2010

Being Me


Savira is an empty nester with a passion for life and teaching yoga. She is curious about life and yoga and is ready to face what each have to offer with compassion, respect and humor. She focuses on 'Living, Laughing, Breathing’ her way to wherever her destiny may take her.

I recently had my first consult with a Fitness Coach. She began to tell me about all the possibilities that are available for me, from becoming a personal trainer to a nutritionist. She talked about the various machines and their benefits and so on... Honestly, I lost her from the very start.

I sat down and she began to take my blood pressure and monitor my heart rate and explain to me the importance of the two. We then proceeded to do the body fat test/analysis. It is here where she used a device to squeeze my fat - waist, thigh, triceps, and so on. Each place is done twice and plugged into a computer. The average is calculated by the very same computer and - voila! - my results appear.

The computer had nothing new to tell me. I had known what the results would be. My heart rate and blood pressure were beyond excellent. Everything else was in the medium zone except for my body fat which was in the FAIR zone! She nodded her head and proceeded to tell me what I could do about it.

Please don’t get me wrong. The Fitness Coach was just doing her job – but I would have loved it if she was a little more personable and was not looking me over like I was a misfit.

I am a person and did not want to be a percentage in some sort of general statistic. I belong to a different culture and my build/body will always be different from others. I will never be the perfect size for my height or age. I can only be ME and I acknowledge this with every breath I take. No computer or person is ever going to tell me otherwise. The changes in my size are a reflection of my journey from single hood to lover, then wife, mother and so on. It is a reflection of my growth, my self-realization and spirituality. It is what makes me the person I am today.

Every wrinkle or curve has a story to tell, some happy and some not so happy. I would not trade it for anything. I will take care of and nourish my body to the best of my ability. I am unique and want to stay that way.

When I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror I look at the person staring back at me and say to her, "Let the beauty and strength within shine through". Nobody can dictate how I should look and I will not let them do so. Have they walked in my shoes? Have they seen the ups and downs of my life? Have they cried and smiled like I have? I think not… and hope they never will. I say this because my life experience is mine and mine alone. My experiences are my strength and I will not let someone take them away from me by dictating the way I should look.

I will soon be 50 years old and I am very proud of my age. Each year of my life has been filled with happiness, sorrow, growth, love, marriage, disappointments, achievements, kids, friendships and so on. I have worked hard at being comfortable with where I am in my body and the person I am today. I nourish myself with love, eating healthy and doing yoga. I also work hard at being non- judgmental about my body. I only have one!

I will be ME and I am BEAUTIFUL.


Teachinfourth said...

Life is your journey, and your body is the vehicle. Mine still seems to be running fairly well, even if it does have a few rock chips and the paint is starting to become a bit faded…

Here's to being who we are.

YogaSavy said...

All the bumps, knocks and chips make you who you are today. we have nothing to hide or be scared of.
I raise my glass to being who we are!

Rachel said...

Yes, you are beautiful and this was a beautiful piece and a good reminder. Thank you for reminding me as to why this vintage old car is GORGEOUS! :D Vintage can be gorgeous right?

The Empress said...

Savira!! So happy to see you here!

I loved this post.

Thank you.

YogaSavy said...

@Rachel in life we all need gentle reminders of one's inner beauty. We get so busy with life that we forget how beautiful we are! You have the brightest smile.... Keep smiling.

@The Empress... yes that is me!. Thank You for stopping by my blog. Nice to see the various and to get to know you

Corine said...

Savira - I picked the perfect day to stumble on over to 4 Perspectives! YOU ROCK!

I'm a Nutritionist (though not practicing for income) and will never forget the day I watched a video in college about a man who was obese and winning marathons. All his fitness tests were fabulous... minus weight.

The truth and point of the video was wonderful; God made this world filled with variety - right down to the shapes and sizes of his children! And that's the way it should be.

Society needs to get a clue that we aren't all meant to wear the same size!

Thank you for your wonderful honesty in loving yourself the way you are; I hope it rubs off on lots of readers! ;D

YogaSavy said...

@Corine thank you! The day we can appreciate each others size and image and not shun away from it would be just wonderful.

Anaise said...

Oh, I think I shall read this post a over and over again.

You've no idea how badly I need to internalize this message!


YogaSavy said...

@Anaise Beauty is within you and around you. Beauty is about being a mother,daughter, friend, wife and so on.You are blessed with it.

Bossy Betty said...

Love your attitude!!

smArtee said...

I feel just like you..I dont have as many complaints about myself as I did when I was younger...Im 49 as well and never felt better or happier...I will embrace 50 as my new life...and starting out with new dreams and adventures...my health is great and the little imperfections in my body are rewards for a great life...thank you for this..i would love to see more people with this view, and appreciating their wiser and more advanced self...!

YogaSavy said...

@Bossy Betty it did take a few knocks to find my attitude!

@Smartee, I like the name! I love my age and am more sure of myself than I was in my 20s!

Anonymous said...

Amen, sister! Stand tall in your womanhood. I love it. You are beautiful.

P.S. I'd give anything for my body fat to show up in the "fair" range! Ha! It's all relative.

YogaSavy said...

@Fabuleslie you are so right! It's all relative the BMI. Thank you for stopping by

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