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!
Thanks to my friend Kim for getting me motivated again, it’s time for an update. Sugar isn’t totally out of my diet anymore (I made chocolate chip cookies yesterday) but I am much more aware of what I eat and how much of it I eat. I feel better about myself, now 22 lbs lighter, and I’m never going back to those two decades of pounds I left behind.
The great thing about all of this is how much better my clothes fit. I haven’t gone down a size which tells me I was squeezing myself into these clothes that were really too small for me. Arghhh! Well, now they fit! You really do look so much better in clothes that fit. Of course losing 22 lbs doesn’t hurt my looks too much either. I don’t think other people are noticing yet, but I think I will have to go down a size before that happens. Sadly, I think that’s about 20 lbs away judging by the weight I’ve already lost. I don’t want to squeeze my way into the next size that’s for sure!
I’m beginning to take control of my life in other ways too. I’m making a notebook for change with sections on home, spirituality, self, school and money. It makes me feel good to be moving toward something instead of growing stagnant. I’m thinking if I keep my focus on change, my focus will decrease on food. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy good food and love to cook (see my other blog if you have doubts http://kitchenchicks.wordpress.com) but food shouldn’t be my whole focus which is what I think it has been in the past.
To any of you still out there reading my wanderings, thank you. I’m still here.