Monday started my less than 4 week major crack down on my diet. I shared before that I have slowly let the scale move back up and I have found all the new clothes I bought after losing so much weight are snug (not going to have that). I am going to have to dig deep and stay committed to the process for the next 26 days…We are going on our big camping vacation mid June and I refuse to buy bigger clothes just to be comfortable. I have really cracked down on the eating and I am trying to make better choices. I find its not the meals that get me, its the snacking or “nibbling” here and there that really add up! My family has really been encouraging me to beat this thing and helping me stay accountable and I can’t thank them enough. We all need a support system and some form of accountability. I have found that my family helps me in their own quirky way. True story here….We were having dinner one night at a great barbecue place and I got a peach cobbler with ice cream to share with my daughter. My phone goes off (we don’t use technology during meal time) and my son says hey mom your phone went off, you need to look at it…..he texted me my weight…..that cobbler didn’t taste that good after that. He is awesome at making me laugh or encouraging me by challenging me. My daughter on the other hand encourages me by trying to eat as clean as possible with me. I don’t see her as much since she is in college but when we are together if she sees me struggling she will lay her hand on me and just says “mom”. She has such a sweet way of reminding me. Through all this I have incorporated my family and I couldn’t do it without them. One new thing that I am doing that really helps the snacking at night is walking with my husband. Everything I do usually has a purpose. When I am walking it’s to warm up to go run, or I am getting ready to weight train or work out, but never do I walk for just walking to enjoy my surroundings. My husband has cerebral palsy and has a limp and we are preparing for a hiking vacation this summer in Montana. To encourage him and help him be ready for all our crazy hikes he has been walking at night. He is an amazing guy that lets nothing stop him. He does move slower than most and struggles with some tasks due to lack of flexibility. We walked 2 miles tonight just enjoying each other laughing and racing each other to the driveway. I don’t tell him enough but after 25 years of marriage he is still my rock and my inspiration. I see the things he has accomplished and I find I have no excuse but to keep trying. I have a goal of 10 pounds in the next 4 weeks and the only way I can achieve it is by leaning on those that are walking with me in this battle. I hope you have a source of encouragement and motivation. Find one and reach out to those around you if not, it can make all the difference in the world.
You are braver than you believe,
Stronger than you seem,
Smarter than you think
Loved more than you’ll ever know.