Lately I’ve been having 70s flashbacks. My mind just rushes to the days of “The Sony and Cher Show”, Shaun Cassidy (swoon) and Love’s Baby Soft perfume. In my youth I read Tiger Beat and ate TV dinners from metal trays, played record albums and wore bell bottom jeans with patriotic stars all over them. Yep, those were the days.
And the MUSIC! I wonder how many times I listened to Elton John sing “Philadelphia Freedom.” It has to be 1000. I can close my eyes and go right back to sitting in my bedroom with the yellow drapes, with an enormous pair of headphones on, lifting the needle on the record player to hear that one song over and over while I stared at my Donny Osmond poster.
I wonder what my kids will reflect on in 40 years. Taylor Swift, earbuds, ipods, gluten-free food, cars that actually touched the ground….. “I remember when Mom had this thing called a BLOG….”
I’m not really sure why the 70s have been at the front of my mind lately, unless it’s my change in diet. Diet changes do make me nostalgic for some reason. Perhaps it’s because I miss the days when I could eat a Snickers bar and “smoke” an entire pack of candy cigarettes without gaining weight (don’t worry kids, smoking wasn’t bad in the 70s). Anyway, no more of that for me….I am off of sugar, no dairy, and I quit candy cigarettes cold turkey in the early 80s. I actually had a dream about processed foods last night. It’s not easy to change habits that date back to 1972. Nothing would comfort me more than a reheated piece of frozen Salisbury steak with a triangle of artificial mashed potatoes right about now.
Sadly, I have gained some of my weight back from my big diet change a couple of years ago. I was doing so great, cruising along, being healthy, then I hit some snags and before I knew it, I had fallen completely off the old wagon. I let it get out of control and here I am right back to being overweight and ready for a change.
At first I felt ashamed of gaining some of the weight back. I didn’t want to be seen and would get anxious about it before I spoke at a conference or woman’s group. But then I thought, “Why?! It’s something I struggle with. Everyone struggles in some area. This is who I am and I have nothing to be ashamed of!” That was the end of that. #nomoreshame #nohashtagsinthe70s
For the past 10 days I have been eating clean again and this week I will be doing a cleanse. I don’t like cleanses, but I know it’s necessary for me to clear all of the toxins and get a fresh start. I’m just waiting for some supplements to arrive in the mail so I can get the cleanse behind me. I am actually looking forward to it (not the cleanse so much as healthy eating again). Making the effort to take good care of myself impacts so many areas of my life and my family. I am nicer, I am a better mom, a better wife, and when I show my kids that I am worth the effort then they will know that THEY are valuable too!
Maybe I should get some new posters for my bedroom to inspire me. Instead of Donny, how about Marie?! She’s done a great job of getting in shape and staying that way.
And instead of Hawaiian Punch or Fresca to drink, I will be sipping plenty of water AND a cleansing drink made with water, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar and lemon….can you say “yum” boys and girls?! And no VitaMaster cellulite machine where you strap a belt around you and shake the cellulite out (I am not kidding….they had these at gyms everywhere and I tried it more than once and you itched like crazy when it stopped!) I will actually move by walking in the mornings and doing my TTapp again.
It’s a new day my friends, and we all can use a fresh start now and then. I’m getting mine by dumping my junk food and making healthy choices, and of course incorporating my Young Living oils and supplements! My apologies if you didn’t enjoy my little walk down memory lane. If it matters, I actually do remember every single one of these things so clearly it’s like it was yesterday. But we are changing our focus, right?! We’re gonna look to the future and make it even BETTER!
But before we leave the 70s completely, here I am in 1971. It looks so much like my youngest!
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