You know it’s time to reevaluate when your husband says, “Why are you eating that? You know it’s not good for you.” At least when my husband does because he has never gotten after me for what I eat. I think he knows how serious I am about this and wants to help keep me on track.
At the time I was eating a delicious fried pie that the local Menonites make and sell in our area. This may seem like a small thing, but when you have a sugar addiction, one small mistake can take you back down the rabbit hole like Alice looking for just the right cookie to make you big again, small again, big again. You get the idea. It’s that yoyo diet cycle that keeps the weight loss companies in business and me in a constant turmoil of self love and self loathing–neither of which is good in too much measure.
Don’t get too upset at those who suggest you shouldn’t be eating something. Most likely their motives are to help, not hurt. Turn the negative into a positive for yourself and move forward. Besides, he was right. I didn’t have any business eating that. I know my state of mind better than anyone and it very likely could’ve taken me back to square one. So, Thanks Honey! And, thanks to the next person who reminds me that I need to be more aware of what I put into my mouth. Remember what Walt Disney said: “All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.” So take courage my friends. Pursue your dreams. They’re out there waiting for you!
This week has been stressful. Lots to do. Lots to pull together. Good news. Bad news. Problems and blessings. The worst time for me to watch my diet and health is during times of stress. That being said, here’s what I learned through all of this. HOLD ON TO A GOOD FRIEND.
I work with the best group of gals you could ever imagine. They too are going through all of these things. Do you know what they said? Let’s ALL bring our lunch everyday this week. And then…they DID! I can’t tell you how much having their support made my walk through stress easy enough so that I could focus on what was important. My friends and I are all very different people. We’re different sizes and weights. We’re different personalities. We handle stress differently, but we care so much for one another that we see the point of need for the individual as well as the group. Now there’s a real blessing.
So today’s message is find a friend. You can’t always do this alone. Sometimes it’s embarrassing. Sometimes you’re afraid of failure. Sometimes you don’t want to have to be accountable. We all feel that way. Don’t put it off anymore. If you’re really serious about this path to good health, FIND A FRIEND!
Last week I lost 3 lbs. My husband lost 2.5. I won for this week, but I’m sure it will be short lived. No matter what happens, more beautiful days are ahead for both of us. My husband is trying to get his diabetes under control and I’d like to just look better and feel better. For those of you following my sugarless journey, I’m still sugarless and loving it. I no longer crave or wish to eat sugar and now I’m saying goodbye to another decade of weight. I still don’t look thin by any means, but my clothes fit better and I feel better. With summer coming on, there are more beautiful days ahead, and I’m including my own beautiful self in those days. Still not quite time for a before and after, but not as far away from it as I once was. When I lose another 10 lbs, I’ll post a before and after shot so you can see my progress. Even so, I’ll still have a long way to go, but it’s good to document the journey. I can’t believe I’ve come this far!
You know, sometimes you have to learn to love stability. When we’re first in love and our feelings are soaring, stability is far in the distance and we are in the moment. When you are on a diet or doing a lifestyle change and the weight starts pouring off, feelings are at a peak and stability is just the smell of bread baking in the air. At first when stability comes to our lives we shun it. We want to be in the moment, enjoying every breath, every lost ounce, but stability is what makes life worth living. Stability is the quiet smile of your husband as he glances over at you when you’re watching TV–reassurance of his love for you and the warm memory of that first love. Stability is your body adjusting to your new lifestyle, feeling comfortable with the new foods you are eating and the exercise that no longer pains you in the same way as in the early days of your transformation. We are such a people of pleasure, of highs and lows. We must remember that it is in stability that resides peace, acceptance, and a deeper love than first love. It is a knowing love. Stability knows that commitment has come to dwell. Stability allows us to make plans and follow through. So when you think about the thrill of those first few pounds falling away, don’t forget that it is in stability that your spirit is most content. So, reach for those stars. Enjoy the moment, but remember to come back to stability, that knowing, committed understanding of love fulfilled.