Change takes time. The decision to make health and wellness a priority may be building up over time, until one day, BAM! You decide, I’ve had enough, it’s time to make a change. That rush of motivation is like adrenaline that ignites inner motivation to take action. It’s harder to hold onto that focused effort for the long term.
It’s all about the energy you’re willing to reserve for the journey. Finding things that inspire helps, a favorite song, something beautiful in the natural world, a favorite outfit, it can be anything so long as it makes you feel good. Filling yourself up with the things you love helps to draw in the positive energy that helps us all to make better choices along the way.
Today was a hard day, I’m transitioning back to work, and while I get a lot of personal satisfaction from work, I’m sad to be losing this intimate time with my family. My son is growing up, and changes are on the horizon. It’s so easy to lose yourself and health and wellness require attention. If I want to make these positive changes to my life for keeps, I have to find ways to set aside some of that love and care I feel for everyone else for me too.
After reflecting on my day, the topic for tonight’s post came with great clarity – weight loss requires more not less. A weight loss journey requires more energy and joy. It requires an abundance positivity over scarcity. The thing is, weight loss is often associated with sacrifice, depravation, and stringency, and that’s a shame. I’ve come to grips with the reality that my weight loss journey will go on for the rest of my life, and there is no way I could be successful if I lived my life with such harsh restrictions.
Embrace more of the good in life. Carve out spaces for the good stuff, be present and seize opportunities for more good times as they come your way. That was my attitude today.
More great food to enjoy…
More chances to find beauty..
More time enjoying life…
Sometimes food can be substituted for other things. It can suppress unwanted emotions, it can distract from loneliness, it can provide temporary energy when we really need sleep. The more present I become in my journey, the more I learn about myself. I hope you are reflecting, and learning as you go. You are totally unique, and are worthy admiration and love.
I made it by the skin of my teeth to spin class today. The lights were off, and the class had begun and I got one of the last bikes. Phew… By the end of class, heard this song it was fantastic…
Pressure is one of those songs for me, it’s so genuine. I’ve been thinking about it for a while now. Maybe it has stuck with me because of the physical exhaustion (it was a very challenging class). Maybe it still lingers because of the way Freddie Mercury and David Bowie’s voices compliment each other. So different but perfectly matched. I think the real reason it endures today is because by the end of the song they are singing about love.
Love is what it’s all about. Think about it, anything big in life begins with love. I challenge you to think about your weight loss journey as an expression of love. Daily life is full to brim of pressure, and weight loss requires care, time, and attention. For so many of us that’s daunting and the first feeling that pressure stirs up is that it’s selfish to take that care, time, and attention on something that is just for you. Think again. It’s an expression of love for the life we’ve been given. I would bet, that the people who love you most want you to love yourself.