When I need to be the parent of myself, my first piece of advice is usually, “Wait a day.” I have a tendency to get an idea in my head, get enthusiastic about it, and lose perspective. I suppose it’s a way of keeping my impulsivity at bay. For sure, it’s kept me from making some pretty poor choices.
I’m observing my newfound enthusiasm for improving my diet. I wonder how could I possibly ever eat processed foods again? Diet soda? No more! Equal? Buh-bye. Cookies? Not in THIS house! I’m actually on the verge of researching where I can regularly buy raw milk! I get a burst of joy in my tummy (pun intended) at the thought of all this goodness for family and me!
Problem is, this isn’t my first rodeo.
Last summer, we sent our son to a fitness camp (where he lost 20+ pounds) and my husband and I decided it was time for us to get our eating habits in check. We participated in a weekly crop share at our local farm, bought a Nutribullet, and blasted our way to Whole Foods regularly. My hub bought bikes for the boy and him to trek around together (a biker, I am not) and I even schlepped the Nutribullet with us camping! And by Christmas? Sorry to say, I was enthusiastically making marshmallow/buttery holly clusters and bringing in the New Year with egg nog. Our “lifestyle change” seemed to have disappeared with the sun. Fast forward to now, my son gained back all of the weight he lost at camp and then some and I managed to put on about ten more pounds. On a bright note, my dear husband just today reached the 40 pounds lost mark from last summer. He seems to have managed to stay the course!
I guess for every day that I mange to eat healthy, it’s a good day. There is no doubt in my mind that today, I choose life.
Painted these frames yesterday, while thinking about perspective. We choose, whether we realize it or not, from which lens we view a given situation. Perception is reality. Through what lens are you viewing life today?