Monday, October 05, 2009
Five years ago I made a decision which would alter every aspect of my life. It was at that time I came to the conclusion that I wanted to live-literally. For me this meant changing the habits of a lifetime.
Change is only possible through letting go. Old behaviors and attitudes which place our physical and emotional well-being at risk must be replaced with those which promote health. I am extremely grateful for supportive friends and a loving family who care enough to be brutally honest. It was through their intervention I realized I was in serious trouble. I was made aware that if I were to have the quality of life I was seeking I would need to make changes in my diet, and move more than the tips of my fingers turning the pages of a book.
It appears "letting go" would be simple. However, the old habits continue to lurk just around the corner. Those old behaviors and attitudes must have provided me with something. Why would I continue something which I know is harmful-especially when I have experienced the wonderful results of changing them?
Emotional eating, poor food choices, over-extension, and unrealistic expections continue to raise their ugly heads. Hurt feelings, anger, jealousy and perfectionism continue to sabatoge my best intentions.
Reflecting on my journey to health has taught me the importance of letting go. For me, what should be so simple is often the most difficult. Having made the decision to pursue a new lifestyle has resulted in greater acceptance of myself and of others. All because I am continuing to learn to LET GO.