This post is a truly personal one for me. Being overweight most of my adult life, I accepted my size because it is a version of the Goddess.
Wiccans truly accept all body types. This is good.
For many of us, it is a relief not to have try to conform to the general culture’s ideas of what is attractive.
I’ve noted that movie star bodies often require extremes of surgery, exercise and diet. That’s not natural.
Our Wiccan culture values each person’s natural body form as a representation of the God and Goddess.
Still, this is a hard article for me to write. In fact, I’m going to share something deeply personal, and I feel some dread.
I have come to a real crossroads of my life. First, I need to let you know that my mother is morbidly obese. And, she suffers from diabetes. She grunts in pain from simply walking around.
She has crossed from being “on the heavy side” to being truly unhealthy.
Having a healthy body is important for all of us Wiccans. When we have a healthy body, we can easily create energy to fuel our spells. But if we’re unhealthy, we’re often impaired and cannot raise the proper energy to manifest our desires.
If you can’t walk up a flight of stairs, you sure aren’t going to be able to dance and move to create energy properly. (Yes, there are other ways of raising energy. But why lose the joy of dancing and moving?)
Our bodies were meant to positively express themselves.
This is where I need to be truthful with myself. I am going to do something no woman I know wants to do: Admit her excess weight to the world.
I am currently 266.4 pounds. Let me put that into context. In high school, I weighed 113 pounds. In later years, I weighed 130 pounds, and I felt quite energetic at that weight.
My current weight of 266.4 pounds is aggravating my asthma. I feel out of breath after climbing a flight of stairs.
And I admit that I am scared to cross the line into diabetes. I know what suffering my mother endures!
My sweetheart supports me as best as he can. He goes for a long walk with me everyday. He bought me a treadmill when I alerted him to my difficulty breathing outside on a cold day.
So let’s address this in few words.
- I agree with our Wiccan community in accepting all kinds of body shapes. Well done, community!
- I personally have crossed the line from “on the heavy side” to truly unhealthy.
In allowing myself to become unhealthy, I’m feeling bad in a number of ways: Pain in my hips, joints, back and more.
But there’s something that bothers me just as much. I feel that I have let down the God and Goddess. They have given me this wonderful body as a temple, and in a way I’ve trashed it.
I do not want to disrespect the God and Goddess.
We’re not talking about appearance at this moment. We’re talking about healthy or not healthy.
So this is my call to action. I need to shed the excess weight and become what the Gods intended, to be a healthy version of me.
I have been taking action. On a number of days, I’ve walked 8,000 to 10,000 steps. That has resulted in my letting go of 10 pounds so far!
A good start.
I have written this article as both my personal declaration and as a support for any other Wiccans who, like me, want to cross the line back to healthy.
P.S. I am going to continue to pursue my healthy habits by walking and hiking over the next week while I’m on a nature retreat.
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10 thoughts on “A Wiccan’s Journey to Health”
Good luck on your journey! I also have crossed into unhealthy. I am working on improving it. I would appreciate any wisdom that you can share. 🙂
Thank you for your good wishes. Something I have been using is portion control and eating on a regular schedule. I also have been drinking a lot more water. I find that if I am hungry between meals I just fill up on water and wait 30 minutes that usually helps. The other benefit is that it cleanses your system with all the water consumption. I have also been walking more. Walking is one of the best exercise for you. (So I’ve been told).
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I am so proud of your progress and your admitting to being unhealthy! Not many people have the courage to admit that and do something about it. Try doing some simple yoga to help you speed up your process. Not only does it give you fast results and long, lean muscle, but it also washes the spirit and mind, which is something you can understand. Not only do we need to keep our bodies healthy, but our minds and souls as well. Keep us updated. Again, I’m so proud of you!! (I recommend Namaste Yoga by Kate Potter; you can find the DVD’s on Amazon and I’ve used this program for 11 years. It’s really great for beginners and when you get more flexible, it will work for you as an advanced program too.)
Thank you for your encouragement I need it. Thanks for your suggestions. I will have to take a look at the DVD’s you suggested.
Congratulations. Keep up the good work.
Thank you very much Gheaden35.
Really nice. Good luck on your journey (:
Thank you very much.
Good Progress, on the road to consistent good days.
May I suggest a practice that has been an incredible support for me.
Feldenkrais – Awareness Through Movement – classes or individual treatments. there may be practitioners in your area.
Support for changing habits.
wishing you the best of days.
Thanks for the tip.