Saturday, April 20, 2013
So, week one down - and wow, what a week! It was a week ago today that I saw a photo of myself and didn't even recognize myself. A lot has changed in just a week. The biggest change is in my mindset. When I look in the mirror, I don't see the woman in that horrific photo. I see a fit, active, healthy woman. And, she is buried in there - but, I was pretending that she was enjoying the happy life she wanted, when in reality she was trapped. It was rather a shock to get punched in the gut with the reality in picture form! But - boy - did that mirror of lies need to be broken!
Like so many people I'm sure, I have always approached weight loss from a mentality of restriction, focused on what I would be "denying" myself. Not this time! This last week has been one happy whirlwind of new flavors, discoveries.
Breakfast doesn't have to include three courses and a swing through drive-thru - who knew!? I *like* salmon and greek yogurt (not together, eww)- who knew!? A salad for lunch IS enough - who knew!? Healthy food actually DOES have flavor - who knew!? My muscles do still have the ability to burn - who knew!? I can say 'no thank you' to the marketer at work walking around handing out breakfast burritos and she won't be offended - who knew!?
I was terrified that this would end up like every other time. It won't; I know that now. I have my boys and the Healthy Family challenge to thank for that, in part. But - this is a whole new mindset. This isn't a diet. This isn't about a pair of jeans or a swimsuit. This is me, discovering that I really, really LIKE living a healthier lifestyle, that I miss being active a LOT and that this really is not that hard if you run straight at it with excitement and enthusiasm. Life is all about how you tackle the obstacles.