Posted by: Judy | September 26, 2018

Trying something new with weight…

…again. I’m focusing on losing one pound at a time. Not 1% of my total weight, which is what I was doing before. One pound. I’m not allowed to beat myself up when my weight goes up. It’s all about what I’m eating, how much I’m sleeping, and how much stress I’m under.

It’s about self-discipline, self-control, self-empowerment.

I could blame my mother for starving me, teaching me bad habits, feeding me food that made me sick. It won’t do me a bit of good. Yes, I’m finally able to let go what I can’t change and accept responsibility for what I’m able to change.

Exercise helps me feel better, no matter how much I wish I could skip it. My back needs the core strengthening. My ankles and knees, particularly scar tissue there, needs to be kept limber, and only exercise does it.

Eating healthy but not militantly helps me feel better. Food is delicious and even more so when I enjoy just enough. Practice is the only way to form new habits, practice eating slower, practice eating healthier, practice thinking differently. Food isn’t a reward or a punishment. My body needs food, and my heart enjoys the pleasure. Too much of a good thing is too much. I’m happier when I don’t overeat.

Proper sleep helps me feel better. It’s a constant battle but one worth fighting and winning. The struggle with nightmares as my sleeping improves is not going to deter me from learning to sleep better.

Stress… well, that’s a daily project, too. Some days are better than others, but I’m improving.

One pound is manageable.


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