This is my first post in almost 1 year! I wrote a post on oil-free eating, and the facts as well as my personal take on it. Then I was inspired in another direction, so that will have to wait. Maybe it was serendipity, or fate, but today, Facebook reminded me of a time in my journey, where I was really struggling, and I felt I needed to share this with whomever may be listening. I shared this post in the first year of my journey to regain my health. I actually remember the day. I hit a big rock in my journey. I was going through a rough time in my personal life. I was stressed, tired, and up until this point, my only coping mechanisms were turning to food, and not the healthy, plant-based kind. I had lost a good amount of weight, but I had succumb to the excuses of stress, and exhaustion, and fallen off my healthy, plant-based wagon. I wasn’t losing weight anymore, and I felt so disappointed in myself. I felt I had lost all control and failed.
I came across this quote while I was camping with some friends. I read it a few times, and realized; I hadn’t failed. This was not the be all and end all of my weight-loss journey. At any point, I could regain control, and start again. Much in the same way that I started at 300 lbs! I have control over my thoughts, and my actions. I have control of my hands, and what they pick up, and feed my mouth. If I wanted to break old habits, I needed to change the way I was thinking. I took it one meal at a time. Being mindful of the control that I had over what I was feeding my body. I needed to stop making excuses for poor eating habits, “It was a bad day.”, “I’m stressed.” The biggest problem with turning to food for comfort, is that it’s usually not just 1 meal. It becomes 2 meals, then a full day, then a week, and the next thing you know, you wake up, pounds heavier, feeling like crap, and talking about that time in your life when you were “thinner”, “healthier”, and you really got it right for a little while.
At some point, you have to take full responsibility for your health, weight, happiness and quality of life. No one is perfect, and it’s not about being perfect. There will be times when you decide to indulge. Let those times happen, but don’t unpack, and live there. Don’t allow your excuses to be stronger than your will-power. After you have your indulgence, do something that makes you feel physically good. Take a walk, read some motivational quotes, or stories (I did this daily for a long time). When you get to the next opportunity to eat, remember what you want out of life, whether its weight-loss, reducing medications, or aging gracefully with your family. Remember why you started, then control what food you put in your hands. It takes hard work, dedication and consistency. There’s no easy way around it, but I promise you, it gets easier.
Everything in life is a process. When you take full responsibility for the quality of your life, and the decisions you make, just as this quote says,
“This is the day your life really begins.”