Monday, October 04, 2010
Years ago while making excuses to a friend about why I couldn't do certain things she responded with some words that changed my life. She said, "Things will always happen every day, it's how you chose to respond that will get you where you are." Very powerful words.
I reflected on these recently while sitting in the ER in pain being told I had a hernia and needed surgery. As you can image I spent a week out of commition on pain medication and going to surgery consults. Triggers left and right were calling me to turn to my old friend the emotional eater.
From this I learned a couple of things that were blessings and lifted me out of old habits that truly sabatoge my efforts. First I saw what I was wanting to do and why. Second where I usually gave in and binged on fatty foods I had a healthy snack and enjoyed company with a friend talking about my fears.
At first that negative thinker chimed in and said ah ha see you are failing, then I listened in to my weekly group nutritional cleansers support call. I heard something interesting I could relate to that made me feel proud and send thatnegative voice packing. Our coach remined us of how as we get healthier we make different choices. Where we would have binged before we now have an extra piece of fruit. And that is ok. This is a lifestyle change that is to last a lifetime and as things come up it is only human to respond. How I responded to my stressful event was in no way as severe as heading to the bakery for that 2000 calorie piece of cake.
In the past I could have easily put on 5 pounds. This time I did not. I focused on recovery and loved myself with compasion, good nutrition, and exercise. I didn't make weightloss my priority these last to weeks. My priority was to maintain while processing this stressful event. Having suceeded I feel I have gained so much more. I can't tell you how good it feels to have been able to do that without gaining weight!
Now I feel back on track, still eating right and exercising. I am not defeated this time :o) Yeah. My surgery is about a month away and I am working no bringing the strongest me possible to that OR table. Thankful to feel that a hernia is a pretty small problem easily solved and I can continue my progress. :o)
Have you ever given thought to how these events that happen in life are not so much setbacks but a part of life? How do you chose to view lifes less than ideal moments? My hopes is by sharing this food for thought helps you take another more loving and nurturing outlook to these moments. Give youself time to heal, love and take care of yourselves while always reminding yourselves of the positive or surrounding yourselves with those who can if you need help. My ear is always open ;o)
Have a wonderful day.