It’s time to check in on how we are doing with our journey toward health and fitness. So, have you kept your promises to yourself lately?
All summer I have been sticking to my commitment to start treating my body like it’s important and not something to ignore or fill with junk. I have been moving and paying attention to my habits. I had some bad habits y’all!
You can read more about my diet HERE, but I have been skipping the chips and tortillas when we go eat Mexican food and I’m eating my salads without croutons or dressing. I am not measuring anything or counting points. Those systems don’t work for me. I do lose weight on them, but I feel so restricted that once I reach my goal I jump off that train and right back into my old ways. This time I am making permanent changes (with God’s help) and I am thinking of it as the way I eat now, not something to do until the weight comes off.
I used to make myself feel overly full from eating junk like chips and dessert. I ate so many carbs….so much bread, pasta, potatoes, cereal, etc….that I always felt stuffed and bloated. I know it’s going to sound crazy, but I didn’t realize I was feeling that way until I stopped. Now that I am feeling normal, I can’t believe I was walking around like that. YUCK!
Every morning I used to take peppermint oil because after my bowl of healthy cereal my stomach would hurt for a few hours. It never occurred to me (how dumb can I be?!) that the cereal was the problem. It was a whole grain, skim milk, good for me breakfast, right? But as soon as I stopped eating that cereal the stomach ache stopped too.
This is the reason no one is calling me up for help with their detective work. Also possibly because I can never find my glasses that are on top of my head.
So here’s where I am on the road to better health. So far I have lost 27 pounds. But even better than that, I feel great. I don’t feel sluggish or tired or achy anymore. The weight loss feels like a bonus compared to how I am feeling. It’s like I was walking around in a fog and now it has been lifted.
Yesterday I went into town to run a few errands and everyone I ran into (it’s a small town, you always run into people you know) commented on how good I looked. And they weren’t talking about my weight, they were saying things like glowing, happy, one person even said I was sparkling.
I got my sparkle back! And watch out….I plan to start using it.
And the last thing I want to share is how good it feels emotionally to know that I am doing what I promised myself I would do. I have noticed that this has had the biggest impact on my kids. They don’t care what I weigh…they care who I am. They have been telling me how proud they are of me and they have started doing things for their health as well even though I haven’t said a word about it to them. I am just quietly doing my thing and it’s starting a family movement. Like a drop in the water I am watching the ripples start to grow.
And the sparkles…..don’t forget the sparkles!
So how are you doing? Let’s support each other!
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