“Some nights it’s hard to be alone. I want some sort of kinship. But the finish line, it drives me on.”
Yesterday at the library, I approached a random librarian and had the following exchange:
Me: “Hi, I’m a writer and I’m doing a series on health and wellness.”
The reason I decided to make this series a link-up (at this point, a very humbling link-up!) is that I don’t want these posts to be all about me. Yes, it’s my feet and my scale and my weight loss (or gain)…but it’s about so much than vanity.
It’s about giving and receiving hope. It’s an “I can do this and so can you!”
With that said, I’m going to keep adding the link-up at the bottom; I’m going to swallow my pride (instead of swallowing Cheetos) and hope I’ll encourage you along the way.
This is assuming you want encouragement. ; )
The conversation with the librarian continued…
Me: “Well, without wanting to be TOO personal, I just wanted to ask what your tips for living healthfully are. Because, you know, you strike me as someone who’s fit and trim and health conscious.”
She flushed. “Oh! Well, my husband’s a chiropractor and I do have a degree in fitness and nutrition.”
I laughed. “I know how to pick ’em, don’t I? This is a wonderful coincidence. Do you have any tips, then, for keeping one’s weight down? What’s your number one advice for someone who’s trying to eat more healthfully?”
Her eyes shone and I could tell she had some strong convictions. “I try to really limit my carbs,” she said, “And avoid high fructose corn syrup.”
“What about artificial sweeteners?” I asked.
“You know, I’m not a fan. I think in the end that they cause you to eat more.”
“I agree!” I told her. “I would rather have a small amount of the good stuff.”
“Me, too,” she laughed. “So, you know, have one or two cookies instead of twelve.”
You know what I like about losing weight?
It’s free, basically. It’s a free, feel-good activity.
What would happen, I wondered last week, if I ate a bit less and exercised a bit more? What would happen if I drank a lot more water?
Um…I’d pee a lot more, was the result. That and (hooray!) I shed some weight. I feel better today than I did last Wednesday–I feel like a weight’s being lifted, both literally and figuratively, and I feel like it’s possible (please, God? it’s possible?) for this over-eater to regain control.
Inviting you (as always) to link up at the bottom. Here’s some “food for thought” in writing your post: What is one habit you could change or add that would make you feel better about yourself? For me, this past week, it was adding exercise & drinking more water.
Now to keep adding exercise and keep drinking water.
Now to stay the course and not give up.