I’ve made a conscious decision that this year is going to be a better year for me. In order for that to happen, I’ve got to work on me.
Every year I say I’m going to eat better and lose weight, but I never do it. This year is different though. Why? Because of mental determination and goal setting. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you really put your mind to it, including writing down your goals and reviewing them periodically.
Over the last 10 weeks I’ve been on a journey to change my life. I signed up for a health initiative at work to eat healthier foods, move more, and create goals that would aid me in this process. I’ve learned so much over these past two and a half months, including eating healthier is actually easier than I thought!
As I sit here writing this post, not only have I lost weight, but my mind is changing. What do I mean by that? Glad you asked. Simply put, I’m working on being more positive. Please hear me say, I’m not all the way there. It’s a process, just like my getting healthier journey. In my daily devotional reading yesterday, the focus was on being thankful. I was so inspired! It was one of those moments where you read something you already know, but that light bulb goes off because now is the time that you really need the words to sink in. Well, that’s exactly how I felt. Here’s my notes:
“Take nothing for granted. Don’t focus on what you don’t have or what displeases you, but rather think on the things you do have and what brings you joy. Be thankful, in spite of! You cannot keep looking for what is wrong and how to ‘fix‘ it. If you do, you will never enjoy life. Give thanksgiving in ALL things!”
So, I’ve said all of that to say…I’m working on being more thankful; I’m working to be a better me! I know I’ll never be perfect, but I do want to be the best me I can be. That includes my health and my mind. They really go hand-in-hand. How can I be healthy if I’m stressed and frustrated? The answer is, I can’t!
My next step is to find a physical activity for relaxing and relieving stress. Not sure what that will be, but it’s a must as part of my journey. I’ve got to release. I can’t bottle up my emotions and keep all my thoughts to myself…thus this blog. Although I knew I had the tendency to eat when stressed, I didn’t do anything about it. Emotional eating is just not a good idea. When you learn different, you do different.
The road ahead is hard work, but in the end, it’ll definitely be worth it. It’s necessary for longevity. I don’t want to stress myself to death!
Working on me is a journey, but I’m thankful to still be here to do it!
Genesis 3:2-6 – good read for understanding being thankful for what you do have versus complaining about what you don’t.