My son and daughter in law came to visit for two weeks. In the past I would have used this as the perfect excuse to slip back into my old comfortable habits. Much to my surprise, I discovered I didn't want to go back to those habits that made me feel bad. Instead, I used each day as a challenge to prove to myself that I was committed to me!
When my son requested his favorite meals, I made them with pleasure and I made myself a healthier version, or I paid very close attention to portion control and tracked every bite. Instead of skipping the gym, I invited them to join me and we had several family workout days. It was actually fun showing off my endurance and strength. Okay, so I took a little pleasure in the fact that this 49 year old, overweight lady could outlast her beautiful 25 year old daughter in law on the bike and treadmill!
The last week of the visit we took a family vacation to a very nice beach resort. Again, instead of using it as an excuse to over indulge and slack on the exercising, I challenged myself to stay focused and committed.
While other family members were indulging in the buffet, I ordered al a carte and ordered fresh tropical fruits for dessert. I took advantage of the beautiful beaches and pools and swam and played like a child, okay, I was playing with my 9 and 5 year old daughters. What a perfect place to indulge in fruit infused waters. I admit, I did treat myself to one delicious umbrella drink and that was only after I had visited the resort gym and worked out. Yes, I swam, paddle boarded and played water volleyball, but I still craved the workout in the gym.
The resort had lots of stairs. I loved them! Every time I climbed a set of stairs I felt a sense of accomplishment. I know the old me would have hated this resort because of all the stairs. Our room was on the 18th floor and I tried very hard to convince a family member to climb from the lower ground to the 18th floor with me. Needless to say, no one would do it with me. I would have done it by myself, only I was afraid that somewhere between the 6th-8th I would pass out or die from a heart attack and no one would find me, haha! Whether or not I could have done it, the thing is, this new me felt like I wanted to try.
I enjoyed my time with my son and daughter in law. Never once did I feel like I was depriving myself or that I was on a diet. Instead, I felt happy, energetic and confident! What has changed? Me! I want to be healthy and I know that healthy is more than my weight on the scale. The new me is moving, laughing and enjoying the journey!