Nurturing My Whole Self
Monday, September 30, 2013
I am in the BLC23 True Blue Team. I requested to be on this team because I believed that it would help me address non-weight problems that are interfering with my goal of healthy eating and more active lifestyle. This is the first week of the challenge and on the very first “Mindful Monday”, True Blue has helped me view things in a different light.
The question of the day asked me to choose from a list, my number one non-weight goal. And there is was, on the list – something I have always felt, but never quite voiced. That goal – “Nature your whole self and discover more joy and a healthy appetite for life”.
You see for me, losing weight by itself is not enough. I am smart enough to know that the number on the scale does not determine happiness. Intelligently, that is. But, emotionally, that’s the tricky part. And that emotion is linked to how I compartmentalize my life. I have separated out my weight loss efforts with all or nothing focus. Totally ignoring my other needs or wants. I am not just someone who is overweight. I am so much more than that – daughter, co-worker, friend, sister, etc.
And I do enjoy so much more than exercising and eating better. I love to travel, garden, spa pampering, reading, etc. And, I am certain there is still more for me to do and enjoy. Exercise and eating better can be accomplished with all I want to do.
I definitely need to and deserve to create time and schedule time for self care and not just the 20 -30 minutes of exercise I committed myself to, but anything and everything else that I tend to place on the back burner – like why can’t I just get my nails done even if Mom doesn’t want to do it on that day?
I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason. That reason does not have to be a negative one. My joining the BLC23 and becoming a True Bluer is the kick in the behind, eye opening and soul searching step, I deserve, need and want right now.
A change is coming!