Today I am all about the gratitude for my body.
My Top 5 Favorite Things About My Body
2. I have a quick mind. When we talk about our bodies, we often neglect to think about the part that does all the thinking. I may forget some of the minutae (Oh hello YMCA? What’s that – I left one of my children there? Yes, now that you mention it I do only count three… Oh crap. True story.) but I have a great memory and love for the stories in my life, the epic tales that have made it worth every minute of my time on this ride.
3. I can run fast. I’m no Olympian but I can sprint to a toddler chasing a ball into the street like you wouldn’t believe. My legs have carried me through ten miles of barfing and still got me over the finish line. They have hiked tall mountains and walked deep valleys. My legs have never ever failed me when I have truly needed them. They are strong and powerful and beautiful.
4. I have a great immune system. This is one of those things that you don’t think about it until it isn’t working. The truth is that I rarely get sick. And when I do, I recover quickly.
5. I feel everything. Sometimes it’s hard living in this world when you are a very intense person but at the same time I firmly believe that that same intensity makes colors brighter, smells linger and the gentle words of a friend more meaningful. I cry a lot but I also laugh a lot and it all adds to the experience.
The Most Recent Way My Body Betrayed Me
Written with love by Charlotte Hilton Andersen for The Great Fitness Experiment (c) 2010. If you enjoyed this, please check out my new book The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything for more of my crazy antics and uncomfortable over-shares!