Today, I was eating lunch with a group of other workers when one guy turned to me and said “wow Claire, you eat so healthily!” as he peered over my food. Like a flash, a girl next to him quipped “well, she obviously doesn’t eat like that all the time, you don’t get a figure like Claire’s without eating a load of rubbish”.
Nothing but health goes into this temple
But actually, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Yesterday. during my appointment with the osteopath, he did an exercise to prove how much physical strength I could draw from my mental strength.
He asked me to hold my arms out to the side, so I was in a T shape, then placed one of his hands on each arm and tried to push them down. The first time, he asked me to think of things that made me feel strong.
My immediate thoughts went to my job and running. He was pushing quite hard and still struggled to shift my iron-like arms. Next, he asked me to think of something that made me sad.
I thought of a recent story I’d covered and he barely had to touch my arms before they fell down.
“See how much strength you can draw or lose from your mind,” he said.
Feeling on top of the world
So today, when I heard that comment I consciously focused on what made me feel powerful, instead of letting the hurt sink in.
I thought of how much I’ve achieved physically and professionally (milestones I never believed possible a few years ago), the happiness of sharing my life with James, my family and my blog (that’s you by the way!).
Instead of wanting to slink away or revert to a snappy response, I felt strong and level-headed. I simply laughed and replied “ah well, we’re all human”.
Healthy and delicious
As for the original compliment? I’m taking it! Yes I do eat healthily, it makes me feel good and keeps me physically strong. Eating healthily to me doesn’t mean deprivation from the things that aren’t textbook definitions of perfect foods.
It is all about striking a balance. Right now that means getting a good intake of fruit, veggies and wholesome goodies but also enjoying sweet treats each day. It is about having a body that can achieve anything I throw at it, not one that is super slim and toned.
Drawing strength from those positive thoughts, instead of allowing that negativity to bring me down felt awesome and I’m definitely going to use it in the future.
* What makes you feel strong?
* How do you respond to negativity?