I got a brand new bike for my birthday in June. It’s a commuter bike made by Electra, and it’s called a “Townie” because it’s made to ride around town. Its fuchsia, with a white leather seat, and chartreuse lined wheels.
I have postponed riding my new bike to work because my back pain flared up again.
Lately, I’ve noticed other parts of my life have felt postponed. That morning my daughter asked me what things in life make me happy that I haven’t been doing lately. It got me thinking and I became aware I have not been practicing my daily Qi Gong movements, or my 30-minute walks, or my daily writing.
Yesterday I got on my bike. I decided if my back’s going to hurt anyway, I might as well enjoy the things I love! I rode around for about 30 minutes, and felt fine!
Getting back on my bike was motivating! I love the feeling of the wind on my face and the way my leg muscles feel when I’m pedaling. My neighborhood seems more alive and colorful when I’m on my bike.
This simple half hour ride around my neighborhood, side by side with my daughter, started a surge of self-love energy that is flowing back into my life.
It started when my daughter asked me to walk with her. We walked 1-mile, guided by Leslie on a TV show called “Walk a Mile”, and high fived each other when we finished. It was easy and enjoyable, and I realized that doing just one small thing made me feel so much better.
That 1-mile walk led to a 30-minute bike ride, which led to Body Love lotion later. I realized that focusing on one thing that I love re-started my self-love journey. It started with talking about what makes me happy, and from there it grew into a day of self-love practice.
Today, my husband and I walked the mile together with our TV hostess, my Body-Love cream softened my skin again after my shower, and I rode my bike for a quick 10 minute ride around my neighborhood.
And … Ta Da! … I’m writing again!
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Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!