Tuesday, June 25, 2013
I have friends and family who ask me this question when I don't take something offered at a mealtime gathering: "Whut are ya on a diet or somethin'?" And it's almost always asked with a touch of sarcasm. I have to admit, when I started the whole process this question bothered me. For me, getting healthy (ie losing weight) was very personal. I shared with very few people what my goals were. I felt like what I chose to eat or not eat was up to me and I didn't need it pointed out to me what I was missing. And because I was so uncomfortable with how I looked and how I thought others were perceiving me, this was a question I dreaded when we went to events involving food, and honestly, there aren't many events that don't involve food!
This has been one of the biggest changes in my thinking. I AM NOT on a diet, I'm living my life in a healthy way. A diet is something I go off of, making healthy choices is life. Literally. Life to tramp all around Silverthorn with my daugher all day and not get winded, even once. Life to walk my sons dog around the lake (and beyond) and not want to just sit down and rest. Life to go shopping and not be embarrassed having to ask for a bigger size or worse, just give up. Life to do what I want to do---I AM GOING to hike that 14ner this summer!
I LIKE feeling strong and healthy and if that means I have to just smile and nod at folks who ask that question, that's okay. After all , the fourteener is calling!