Saturday, March 6, 2010

Where is my motivation hiding?

I have been MIA the last few days. This 'crud' as the doctor so eloquently put it, is still creating some chaos in my body! The doc is treating me for a sinus infection, so I desperately hope that the antibiotics kick in soon! I have been taking it 'easy' as much as possible....or that is allowed inside my world. With three kids and a husband, it is difficult to truly rest. At any rate, I am doing the best I can and I am hoping to feel better the Walk Kansas Challenge officially begins! I will be heading to the store in the morning to stock up on extra fruits, veggies and whole grains, as I will also be tracking those items, along with my minutes of daily exercise.

I ran into an acquaintance who has recently lost 60 pounds! Now, that is a large amount of weight and I should have noticed it immediately, but since I don't see her that often, I did not realize it was that significant of a loss. At any rate, I asked her what she had been doing to lose the weight. She responded by saying that she is 'no longer eating her way through life'. That statement was profound to me! I was so impressed by her honesty! She said she used to eat for any reason and she has stopped doing that. She also said it is the hardest thing she has ever done in her life (or something to that effect). I am always so impressed by individuals who can recognize their bad eating habits and make a lifestyle change.

Food addictions are often misdiagnosed. People assume you are just lazy or weak. They have NO idea what types of internal battles people may be dealing with on the inside. Grief, depression, anxiety are the top three that enter my mind. Our emotions play such a huge part in our lives.

For me, I just LOVE food. It seems like eating revolves around all areas of my life. If I am going to meet up with a friend...we have lunch. If I am going to a family gathering...there is a meal. If we are celebrating something...we get ice cream OR if we need to heal a broken heart because we did not win a door prize at the banquet...we get ice cream (6-year old was devastated...another story). I could go on and on and on! I wish I had the answer as to how we could fix this type of addiction. For now, I will focus on eating healthy.

TOMORROW....I am hoping for sunshine and energy! I need to move!