It has been a full year since I lost all my weight and I am now an ENTIRELY different person. Stronger physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. By making decisions from the heart I have benefited in the long run. I may have struggled and not seen the benefit upfront, but upon reflection I can see where following my heart brought both goodness and peace into my life.
I am back to exercising three to four times a week. Mostly just cardio, but my move (hauling boxes, etc.) seriously increased my upper body muscle tone. It takes effort when you are alone to get out of the house, to walk or sometimes to just move. But those four aspects of your life change positively when you push yourself to do so. The physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual being grows and strengthens.
The endorphins released, the pride you can take, the peace you can find, the thoughts you can process all seem to emerge and come into focus when you push yourself to move in one way or another. Take a walk, a stroll even, walk the dog, ride a bike, do some gardening, sweep the porch -the easy stuff that doesn’t feel like exercising is the stuff that you need to incorporate into your everyday life.
Each and everyday is a struggle when you are learning to live on your own for the first time. It is a very personal journey filled with tears of sadness and joy as you find yourself again. Learning who you really are and accepting and loving that person is not always easy. BUT it IS obtainable. It is a reachable goal when you do not set a time limit. Commend yourself for every moment spent content and at peace. Do not beat yourself up for the moments you find yourself sad and lonely – that is to be expected and is going to happen. Let it happen the emotions will pass. You can choose joy when you wake up each morning. Start your day in a place of happiness – find something when you wake up that brings you peace.
Choose to be optimistic, chose to be positive, choose to smile, choose to forgive, choose to be kind. When you consciously make these positive choices again, like physically moving, you grow physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually whether you realize it or not. The parts of who you are begin to sync. By working on all four parts either individually or simultaneously will show you positive growth and strength in all aspects because intrinsically they overlap.
Some days will be good and others not so good. When you start seeing the good outweigh the bad actualization begins. “Wow! I did it – I can make it through the bad days. I can use healthy coping mechanisms. I can choose a happy, healthy lifestyle!” When these realizations are made, accepting and loving who you are as a human being starts to become easier.
Everyday I put one foot in front of the other – literally and figuratively. As long as I am committed to this I know I will continue to grow stronger in every aspect of my life and find my path to understanding and fulfillment.