The wisdom of Lizzo, on bodies

(CW — talk about body image and a brief mention of the fit of clothing)

It’s Friday morning, and it’s been a week. Trapped in the zoom for a million meetings, knee somehow bruised and misbehaving, missing a lot of my virtual workouts for various scheduling related reasons. Some nice new baby news among my immediate people, a whiff of hope in the bigger world. The sun is shining, and I am fine, but drowning in work and not super grounded in my body

So I am turning to Lizzo for inspiration this morning. If you haven’t seen this tiktok, watch it:

“I’m not working out to have your ideal body type. I’m working out to have MY ideal body type. And you know what type that is? None of your BLEEP business. Because I am beautiful. I am strong. I do my job. And I stay on my job. So next time you want to come to somebody and judge them whether they drink kale smoothies or eat McDonalds. Or work out. Or NOT work out. How about you look at your own BLEEP self. And worry about your own goddamned body. Because health is not just determined on what you look like on the outside. Health is what you look like on the inside. And a lot of y’all need to do a BLEEP cleanse for your insides.”

You know, no matter what happens in the world, Lizzo is there to ground the CRAP out of me.

So …. what’s my inspiration for my own health in the next few weeks?

  • Stay active every day, even when I’m super busy. It grounds me and creates a buffer of resilience to Just Deal. And lo and behold, when I run, walk or ride, I remember that there is indeed a big beautiful world out there.
  • Meditate for just 5 minutes a day. See: resilience.
  • Be kind to myself about the impact of the Indoor Cat time on the fit of my summer pants. I have summer dresses!
  • Remember that my body holds the self that wants to live with purpose, and when I honour that in myself, I stay connected to that sense of purpose.

What’s inspiring you to be who you want to be today?

Fieldpoppy is Cate Creede, who is going to try to take a moment to breathe this weekend.