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Push That Tush -- Metamorphosis

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Caterpillar: The Feeding Stage
Many of us were programmed either by our childhood, or life events
to relate to food choices in ways that werenít ideal.
Thatís a mindset that takes years to retrain.
It doesnít help that there are is an overwhelming selection
of unhealthy processed foods, filled with sugars, bad fats, and bad carbs .
Even a lot of the healthy stuff we need, gets processed and sold
in a form that is surrounded by bad fats, and bad carbs.

Itís addictive stuff ÖSo as caterpillars we ate and ate and ate.
It made us fat, and sluggish, and (by social standards) unattractive.
It made us easy prey for Crows who love to mock and eat away our self-esteem.
It made it hard for us to move fast, so we were slow to exercise.

As the caterpillar grows it splits its skin and sheds it about 4 or 5 times.
Food eaten at this time is stored and used later as an adult.
{just look at my belly fat}.
Caterpillars can grow 100 times their size during this stage.
{frustration, complacency, resignation, and depression all kick in}.

We got tired of crawling along so...
A lot of us formed a chrysalis around ourselves.
We protected ourselves from exposure,
Binged in private, and locked away dreams.
Your world gets trapped under that protective covering
And it really cramps your style.
We suspended our lives, hid behind our size, and
buried our desire to do things,
because we believed we would expose ourselves to
unwanted criticism and humiliation.

This stage may have lasted years.
And It may look like nothing was going on
but big changes were happening inside.

But emerging from that unhealthy lifestyle isnít easy
Itís damn hard work.
It comes in stagesÖstep by step.
It requires you to squirm, and push yourself,
And come out of hiding, and pump, and move.
There are times when you will feel stuck and nothing seems to give.
There are times when you may need to wiggle back and forth,
And nothing seems to budge,
But sooner or later something jiggles loose
and you will see the person you were meant to be.

Celebrate the need to stretch yourself and expand your world.
Get comfortable with change.
And during this entire struggle you may find yourself
Subject to sabotage by those crows
Or even to the echoes of their toxic calls
But believe in yourself and all that you can be

You are beautiful
You are free and

And once you emerge
You must never go back to living like a caterpillar
There are no ugly butterflies


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MCJULIEO 1/24/2013 3:17PM

    Powerful imagery!

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    What a wonderful analogy and beautifully put!

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LIBBYL1 1/16/2013 10:58PM

  Beautiful! thank you

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  good blog

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TEXASFILLY 1/16/2013 8:54PM

    Beautiful analogy, Sher! Thanks so much for your uplifting words of encouragement and hope. *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/16/2013 8:49PM

    Beautiful!!!!! HUGS

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SUSIEMT 1/16/2013 7:44PM

    Yea you! Butterflies rule! The process is such a learning experience and hopefully we will continue to learn! Keep up the good work!

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KOOKYKATHIE 1/16/2013 7:30PM

    Your Blogs are just AMAZING! You have a talent for writing. emoticon

You are such an inspiration to me. emoticon

I love that we're butterflies showing off our accomplishments and new recycled bodies!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 1/16/2013 7:27PM

  Very true - and great pictures!

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    I have a beautiful butterfly costume for halloween. I love wearing it and feeling like that's what I am a beautiful butterfly

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STRINGI719 1/16/2013 4:20PM

    So awesome!!! Would love to share this encouragement with a few ladies I've been working with at my church on getting healthy!

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  BEAUTIFUL!!!!! What a wonderful and expressive way to explain our journey. emoticon

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    Thanks for this great blog! emoticon

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    What a beautiful analogy.

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    Very creative.

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BONIFIANT 1/16/2013 12:04PM

    What a great analogy for our journey into and out of unfit and overweight, hiding our bodies by loose clothing, and our metamorphosis to fitness and bodies of which we can be proud. Thanks! Wonderful once again.

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LIVELYGIRL2 1/16/2013 12:04PM

  so a super great way of making the point! I passed it on to my sis. As I told you so has lost alot.

Suddenly her husband will get laid off, and the rug got pulled out from under them. Lots of hard choices.

I think your article will help out.

At these times, one has to work at ways to channel the change and stress. emoticon emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 1/16/2013 11:14AM

    You are so creative with your blogs. emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 1/16/2013 11:09AM

    What a great blog! Yes, we are caterpillars! And I want to be a butterfly!!! We can do this!!!

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KATIEJO5 1/16/2013 11:07AM

    Beautiful, Sher! You are a gifted writer- thank you for sharing that gift with us.



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DJSHIP46 1/16/2013 10:05AM

    I loved this one!!! Great analogy, great pictures, great motivation... THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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    Awesome - Thanks!

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    Great blog.

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  Congrats. You can do this!

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    You are deep, girl. Thanks again.

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    great blog

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PENOWOK 1/16/2013 6:26AM

    Love the analogy...beautiful!

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  thanks beautiful

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SANDYCRANE 1/16/2013 5:19AM

    Great idea about the butterflies. Thank you for helping me to look at the world a little bit differently today. I needed that.

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    Thanks for this post.

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    Great analogy.

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    Beautiful pics!!

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    Beautiful pics!!

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