I was talking to a friend who recently returned back to the Philippines. She was not around me last year during my weight transformation, so she commented that I looked a lot slimmer then she remembered. As we were talking, it occurred to me that today is the my one-year anniversary! I am celebrating one year of freedom from weight.
Of course, I knew the date was close but life has a way of pulling at your attention. I had intended to write something about it, but here it is…one year has passed and I can honestly say I have freedom from weight worry, consideration, contemplation, chastisement or concern. It just doesn’t seem to worry me anymore, which is saying a lot because there have been many points in my life when my weight constantly weighed on my mind.
Interestingly enough, your weight becomes a non-issue when you get to the place where you are not watching for the scale to rise and fall. In essence, the mental space that used to be consumed with fretting over my inability to control my weight is now freed up to pursue other things.
So what did I do, what was the turning point for me? I figured out what makes me tick in terms of food. I uncovered some long-held thoughts and assumptions that I had about food and I dealt with them one-by-one. Last January I wrote these words about my, at that time, two months on a new weight journey…
Obviously, it would be inconceivable to consider cutting back when the holiday season was just around the corner. That’s when it hit me! I wasn’t in charge of my body or my choices about food. Sometime in my past I had ceded control of my eating to the pleasure of food and the taste of food. After all, no one can resist the draw of rich holiday foods, right?
That day was November 16 and I decided then and there that something had to change. I didn’t make an elaborate plan, nor did I go on a swan song binge before I hit the miserable diet road. I just made a decision that from that day on I was making the choices, conscious choices, about the food I ate. It was time to find out what was behind my life-long roller-coaster ride with food. I wasn’t just going to treat the symptomatic weight like I had always done in the past. This time, I was going to explore my thinking about food and try to get a handle on it once and for all. – You Can Lose Weight Over The Holidays
So, I am sharing the love this time around. I made it through Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year last year and actually lost weight in the process. Just in case you are preparing to react with, “yes, but that was you and this is me” let me remind you that I was a 47 year-old mother of two when I did it. I know what it is to struggle with constant thoughts with food and constant dieting…I have been there.
Now, since that’s out of the way, what are we going to do now 😉 Starting next week I will be doing a series of targeted posts based on your responses to last week’s survey. I believe that you can be victorious over the lure of food this holiday season, if you arm yourself with a can-do attitude and a plan. If you didn’t respond to last week’s survey, I would still love to hear your feedback – SURVEY.
See you next week and we’ll get started!
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