Here I am again. About to embark on a new journey. A journey so mystifying and unprecedented for me… I am going crazy at how easy it has been.
What’s the journey you ask? Weight loss… Now I’ve traveled this road numerous times over the years, but today I wanted to share three things that have made this journey different in hopes that I may encourage someone else. But before we go any further, let me be clear… This may be the last time this year that I discuss this. I am not big on talking about my process until it is over; but that may be one of the main reasons I have not succeeded in the past. The cloak of secrecy makes it easy to go back to those unhealthy eating habits. So I am lifting the proverbial veil of secrecy. The secrecy of starting and stopping. The secrecy of choosing a loaded baked potato when I KNOW I need to be eating asparagus.
The key for me is moderation. I am not one of those eat clean all the time people, and I probably never will be. But I have found that with these three strategies, I can be successful on my new journey. I’ve already lost a few pounds since the beginning of May and found out I’m really 5 feet 2 inches instead of 5’4” (no clue when I made up those other two inches in my mind) so here goes!
1. Paradigm shift: Change your mind-set about your situation.
For me I’ve decided to eat to live, not live to eat. In Kimology 101 it states: Greater is He that is within me, than he who is within a loaded baked potato! Okay, okay, I’m kidding… But all jokes aside, speaking scripture over my situation has helped TREMENDOUSLY. The Word of God keeps my mind on Him instead of a serious case of food FOMO. That’s Fear of Missing Out for my out of the loop friends.
2. Accountability Partners: I have five.
Yes, I need that many! My husband, my son, two of my besties, and another friend. My fab five have been helpful during these past three weeks. When I want to make an unhealthy choice, they remind me of my goal and that my overall wellness is more important. My friend also reminded me that I cannot ask women to “do the work” of healing themselves when I won’t do the same for myself. Talk about a gut punch! But it was exactly what I needed to hear and I know she told me that from a place of love.
3. Consistency: This has been the hardest one for me in the past.
I’ve been guilty of beginning a weight loss journey and not completing it. I now realize that I was an emotional eater. If I was sad, I ate. If I was happy, I ate. If I was bored, I ATE. Another friend gave me a word a while ago that I was capable of change, all I have to do is stay consistent. So instead of eating my way through my emotions, I read, exercise (my least favorite but necessary), or take a nap (LOVE it)! Overcoming my past of inconsistent behavior as it relates to weight loss began with me admitting I used food as a crutch. Now that I am aware of this, I can fight through any urge to quit. So in the infamous words of Beyonce, “I’ma keep running cause a winner don’t quit on themselves”.
From one heroine to another,