If you missed Part 1 from last week, you might want to catch up here.
The weight loss discussion last week was quite interesting – especially how we experience different blocks to being healthy.
I spent a lot of years being sick – depressed, overweight, migraines. I went from doctor to doctor looking for them to ‘fix’ me. Notice that I used the word fix: I wanted a quick fix, not a solution.
I blamed everything around me – my genetics, my metabolism, my busy life, the jerk I was dating at the time. (If he would just be nice to me I wouldn’t have to eat another bowl of Ben & Jerry’s, right?)
I wasn’t being responsible for my own health and well-being. I resigned to spending my life on the couch, sleeping the day away because getting up and living life was too painful.
It wasn’t until I earnestly started searching for answers that I found a solution that worked for me.
Yes, there are times in our lives especially as women when we gain weight for reasons out of our control. Our hormones go haywire. We get pregnant. We’re on medication that makes us balloon up uncontrollably. We have surgery that slows us way down for longer than we’d like. We’re taking care of a loved one who’s ill and we’re too emotionally and physically spent to do much else.
That’s part of living life. And it’s not perfect.
But in the middle of the chaos, I have learned that I have a choice about how I care for myself.
This isn’t about being a size 2 or looking like the model on the cover of Cosmo. This is about being healthy enough to get up each day and live the life I was intended to live. That’s my responsibility.
Next Friday I’ll post the remaining 5 important things I’ve learned about living a healthy life, gluten-free and refined sugar-free.
What do you do when you’re struggling? How do you take responsibility for yourself?