Four Tools To A Healthier Weight
“I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday.”
I decided to make 2017 about finally losing weight and keeping it off. Over the years I have come to understand that the weight on my body has more to do with the thoughts that torment me than the food I mindlessly eat. My thoughts and my connection with food are one big messy puzzle. However, I have reached an age where I am ready to solve this puzzle and solve it for good.
I knew this time I had to approach weight loss differently than I have in the past. I contemplated some of the things that were helpful before and also what ultimately caused me to gain the weight back after a loss. The conclusion I finally came to was that some of the tools I used to lose weight in the past worked for me, but there were parts that I would have to change for this journey to end with the desired results.
Love is where it starts. Love for ourselves. Love for the pain that brings us to the fridge looking for food to soothe our souls, love for our chubby arms that held babies and wiped away tears, love for legs that lift us out of bed each morning and carry us all day, love when we make mistakes and are not perfect. Love for all our perfection and imperfection. Love is where we begin and end.
One of my favourite quotes by Wayne Dyer keeps floating in and out of my thoughts,
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
The last few days I have been working on changing my thoughts because I feel like I have hit a wall. Like every other time I have walked this weight loss journey, it gets hard, and I want to quit. Each and every of my weight loss stories comes to a halt when I revert to my old ways, and a few pounds start to creep back. It is in these troubled times where I usually decide to quit.
NOT THIS TIME!
Instead, this is where I pause and look deeply into my own eyes and remind myself that I am enough. That just because I walked a few steps backward, I am still closer to my goal than when I started. I choose to love myself and keep moving towards my destination; I will arrive at my weight destination in perfect timing. If I stay the course I will be stronger and healthier.
So today I forgive the mistakes of yesterday. I remind myself of my worth, how short life ultimately is, and I am perfect as just as I am today. I pack my bags and resume this journey with hope and willingness to claim the health I deserve. I open my toolbox and unpack my tools that will help me on this voyage. I give thanks for how far I have come and move towards a healthier version of me.
Four Tools to a Healthier Weight
1. Weight Watchers
Focus on eating healthy whole foods: Weight Watchers has evolved over the years, and the focus is less about food and points and more about eating healthy, nurturing food. Our leader stresses every week the importance of eating real, whole food. That is my goal!
I used to be a consistent meditator, but now my goal is simply 10 minutes of quiet a day. Sometimes I use a meditation cd, and some days the best I can do is be completely present on my walk with the dog. Either way, when I get quiet, I am more in touch with what is important to me.
I have always loved to move. For years I climbed out of bed in the early hours and headed off to the gym while my family quietly slept. When we brought our dog, Harry, home last August, I committed to being the person who took care of him in the morning and my morning exercise went by the wayside. I walk Harry every day, but now I am ready for more. I am going to start a running program, increase my walking time and incorporate a little weight lifting.
Bringing love to everything I do is the newest piece of this weight journey. Especially showering myself in love when I slip back into old habits. After years and years of beating myself up, I realize the only thing that comes from beating myself up is a bigger pant size. I’m ready to bring love to all I do, especially weight loss.
Getting healthy is personal and empowering. I have come to the conclusion that I am worth it and I am ready to claim a better way of being in the world. Each day I awake I will face challenges, but I am committed to keep moving toward my goal. When life gets tough, I will be gentle with myself and reach out to others for support.
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