I achieved success this summer with weight loss. Because I’m human, I have not sustained the loss nor have I kept all 18 lbs off. I’ve gained 10 back. That just isn’t acceptable to me so it’s time for me to do something about it.
Excess weight is an issue for many people. Our society values “thin” people. We’re bombarded by advertisements that showcase food and food products. We now have entire television networks devoted to food. There are more diets than one can imagine. I know better than many; I’ve been on many of those diets. Many of them work but are so restrictive that unless followed indefinitely one will gain the weight back.
I’ve given up on dieting. I’m intelligent enough to know that if one restricts calories, one loses weight. Moderation. The one aspect I am unable to control with consistency is the fact that I am driven to eat. Many might laugh and say, “you lack willpower.” If you know me, you know I’ve overcome many challenges. Do you think I like being fat? No, I certainly don’t. What I struggle with has a name. It’s called “binge eating disorder.” You can google it and read about it. I’m not here to preach.
Why am I here? Because I want to help myself so I can then help others. I have a dream to be a motivational speaker. I want to leave a legacy in this life. As a teacher I feel I’ve probably influenced more than a handful of lives in 23 years. I’m sure I will have an impact on a few more. I’ve been blessed to be able to do that and I will continue to do so as long as I’m teaching. But it’s time to turn my attention to a new area. It’s time for me to leave my safe zone and get out there to help others (along with myself).
I’ve gotten back to using the organic products that allowed me great success this summer. I’m enthused about providing excellent nutrition for my body. And I know it will respond in a positive manner. But more than that, I want to be able to help those out there suffering in silence as I have for decades. Sometimes, talking to an individual who has been through what you’re going through is far more effective than reading books or attending meetings. I’ve done all of that and I’m not saying it isn’t effective. It just isn’t effective for me.
My two goals for this week: 1) cut down on negative self-talk and 2) provide optimal nutrition for myself on a consistent basis.
I’m focused on losing 5% of my body weight initially. My overall goal is too large to contemplate so I will keep it in small pieces. I was thin once, I will be thin again.