I set out on a journey, of sorts, last week but I have to tell you that I went into it with a really bad attitude. I was depressed and feeling pretty terrible about myself, but I knew I had to do something. I knew I could do something to change my course and so I did.
I wasn’t perfect last week, but I ate a whole lot less and walked up the stairs most days at work. On the whole, I considered it a successful first week, but you never really know until you step on a scale.
I didn’t really want to do it (I really dislike stepping on the scale) but I wanted to see if all my efforts had any effect whatsoever. And you know what? They did. I lost about 4 pounds and I am feeling amazing. I think having confirmation of your work helps keep you going and I’m definitely going to keep going.
The strangest thing that happened was feeling my stomach react to food when it was almost surely empty. I didn’t starve myself, if that’s what you’re thinking, but I did eat a lot less. I can only think that I used to eat so much, that foods which should have made me sick, only troubled me a little bit because there was food already in there soaking up the new stuff. I’m not sure if that makes any sense…
Anyway, this whole journey is teaching me the foods that my body likes and the foods that I know are really terrible for me. Not only am I just eating until I am full (which takes awareness and eating much slower), I am also going to stop eating the foods that make me sick, no matter how much I love the taste of them. It isn’t worth putting something in my body that makes me feel like crap for hours afterwards.
So there you have it – a small success story and my motivation to keep going. Thank you to all who commented last week. Your words helped get me through those first few days.
I hope your mindful journey is going well and you are having some successes you can celebrate!