Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

I learned a valuable lesson this month. No matter how I am feeling about me, I should never be so hard on myself that I get depressed or stop loving the skin I’m in. I know how dark my depression can get and I can’t let myself get that bad off. Recently, I’ve gained some weight back after a two year weight loss journey. I thought it was the end of the world and was so disappointed in myself.

That is until God showed me my health is more important than my weight in a joyous unexpected way. I took my nieces (6 (twin one) & 7) and nephew (6 twin two) to their back to school bash held outside on the elementary school grounds. They were so excited to find out what teachers they had and to see their friends and play.

When my kids were in elementary school, I was too sick to play with them or too winded or in too much pain. But this day last week, I found myself so thrilled to be able to walk and keep up with them, to rush to the playground so they could play on the jungle gym, to stand in line so they could get hot dogs and chips. I did all this without the usual perverse sweating, heart palpitations, shin splints, backache, asthma attack, heavy breathing and embarrassment of past years.

At that moment, I realized how much healthier I am now and it brought happy tears to my eyes, right there in the middle of the playground. Here I was worried about gaining weight without realizing that I’m still healthy, alive, and well. I can’t believe I stood and walked around the entire time without having to sit down or rest. They had a blast and I was so grateful to be able to be there with them having a fun time for the first time in years.

I remembered that initially, I wasn’t trying to get small, but I wanted to be healthy. I wanted to do everything I could do to assure that I would be here for many years to come because I have a granddaughter now. I can’t allow myself to be drawn into the pitfalls of scales, pounds, and size. I have to just make healthy choices and get back in control of what I am putting in my body.

To me living a healthy lifestyle is not dieting. It is making choices for yourself that help you maintain, metabolism, cardiac health, digestive health, etc., but also mental health. Dieting focuses on weight, pounds, sizes, and calories. That’s why diets don’t last for some people because although they yo-yo up and down, they are not particularly healthy. Dieting takes a toll on your body, believe me, I know. I’m not a fan of stretch marks, but I have roadmaps everywhere from yo-yo dieting.

The difference in my tactics this time lyzuzzuzhzzhyzzy6zyz gies in the ability to change; change the way I was thinking, change the way I saw life, and therefore change the way I was living. Only then did I accomplished a lifestyle change, which was my goal. I do have difficult days sometimes due to fibromyalgiafxddzzzzxyuj 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊 😊😊😊😊 πŸ”— πŸ”— πŸ”— πŸ”— πŸ”— πŸ”—πŸ”— πŸ”— πŸ”—. πŸ”—πŸ”— πŸ”—πŸ”— πŸ”— πŸ”—. πŸ”—πŸ”—πŸ”—πŸ”—πŸ”—πŸ”— πŸ”—πŸ› and cheat days I allow myself where my choices are not the best. But that’s ok.

So this article is a reminder on your bad days, you just have to remember not to focus on pounds or size and just stay healthy. There’s no reason to be hard on yourself. Life is complicated enough. Live your best, healthy life and don’t sweat the little things. I guarantee staying healthy will result in keeping the weight off. We all fall off the weight-loss wagon at times but there’s only one of you. Celebrate who you are every day regardless and always, ALWAYS love the skin you’re in.

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