Secondly, I must admit that I'm getting a little excited at the prospect that in a mere 2 weeks or so my magazine will be in stores!! I'm not even going to lie..I'll be giddy as a kitten. I find joy in exact inverses in the universe. They're meaningful to me...so when I see my article I will be vividly reminded of how many times I looked at those same magazines and dreamt the "impossible" dream. Never knowing, never even fully hoping that it would ever be me.
Also, I have been struggling with something over this past little while. Everywhere I go, now more than ever, every woman I meet is on a diet, or about to begin a diet. I don't know if it's because I'm more aware of it now or if it's truly an epidemic, but it concerns me. Clearly I support dieting, and clearly I encourage it...but I think we need to look at the bigger picture as well. If seemingly every woman is dieting, what does that say? That none of us are alone in our struggle to accept our bodies. Dieting is serious business that requires will power and time and thought, and people wouldn't do it if they weren't seriously displeased with their bodies. So here's the thing. Dieting is fine, and worthwhile. When you stick with it, your life will improve tremendously. But during your journey, especially if you've not yet began it...don't be hard on yourself. Just because you feel like you've yet to reach your potential does not mean you are any less special now than you will be at the end of your journey. You are the person who is strong enough and brave enough to even dare begin the journey. That says something! Also, be reminded that your self-perception is often skewed. We are intrinsically hard on ourselves. Those that care about you often don't even notice the things we can't ignore when we look in the mirror. Embrace who you are now, and that is when you will be empowered to become healthier. If you don't love yourself the way you are, then you won't value yourself enough to get through this. That's what made the difference for me. Though I look back now and realize I was missing out on many exciting adventures, I also realize that there were days at 300 lbs when I felt truly stunning, unstoppable or truly loved and desired. And that is precisely what aided me in this journey. Until I found a reason to love myself, I didn't have the courage to discipline myself.
I want to conclude with some little things to look forward to, and those of you who are well on your way on your journeys feel free to comment with additional things! Also, for those of you who are doing this diet and aren't beginning with an obese bmi, you might not find these things wholly relatable, but at least a few will be.
So here are some things I've encountered this summer that remind me of what a difference my hard work has made.
- the hottest days aren't nearly as hot as I remember! I used to refuse to go outside with the temperature passed 85 or so, now I exercise out in 95 degree weather and love it!
- Those delightful plastic lawn chairs with the arms that I used to avoid like the plague, now they're of no concern at all. No creaking...no spreading of the arm rests to accommodate me.
- The beach towels that used to not cover a thing, now cover very nearly most of me.
- Swimsuit shopping was a truly pleasurable experience. It used to make me so depressed that I could scarcely cope.
- The strength in my legs is increasing all the time. I realize that I used to avoid walking uphill entirely. No wonder I could barely do it. Now I climb up steep hills like it's absolutely nothing. And each and every time I do I can't believe it.
Happy Summer! Be sure to check out FIRST magazine during the month of August to read my story and get some tips about the diet :)
Til next time!
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. Ralph Waldo Emerson
And this is something I found delightful. Be inspired. It's from www.self-esteem-enhances-life.com
Self acceptance is key to a happy, satisfying and productive life.
What do you pledge?
- to life or yourself?
- to others or yourself?
- Don't hide
- Come out into the sun
- Breathe the fresh air
- Get the wind in your hair
- Feel the wind on your back
- Enjoy and explore
- Make the most of this life
That's fair enough:
- Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself
- Be reasonable, fair and polite
- Know when to stand your corner
- Give as well as take
- Be comfortable with who you are and your contribution
If you're not good enough that's fine, that's OK. But don't make the excuse, that you can't do it.
Do you have a credibility issue?
Opportunities to do various things in life. 'I have proved myself to everyone.' Have you proved yourself to yourself?
Self control is good practice.
See the logic of life. All created for a purpose.
Don't fall for unsubstantiated promises.
Don't mislead yourself about your life.
'I learned to walk away when I needed to. It was folly to shut myself off from things.'
Appreciate life. Honor and respect your life. Make the most of your life. Give it your best shot. Don't scrimp and save for another day. Do your best today.