I am still 56 pounds from the healthy range of where I should be for weight considering my relatively small body frame, but despite the weight gain on vacation, I am still down seven pounds form the first of the year, and have had a successful week avoiding crap food. My life seems to be a series of battles with myself towards winning the war of self acceptance and positive self image. Maybe that is the key, tackling life's curve balls in small winnable battles. I can choose when and where to be on the offensive, such as scheduling a good long weekend hike in one of the many nature centers and regional parks in my community. I can be on defense by accepting a small little treat, but avoiding seconds or too large a portion.I can proactively take measures to feel good about my appearance despite the added pounds by putting a little blush to my cheeks and a spot of color on my lips, things I just don't usually bother with, but know a little makeup can go a long way to brighten a face.
Maybe I need to keep taking cues from the younger generations. Vloggers like Alex at Learning To Be Fearless or Loey Lane who promote positive body image for all size women, and focus efforts on fashion, make-up, and uplifting other women. I like their energy and few would deny they are beautiful young women. Key though, is they are promoting healthy lifestyles-mind and body, but from the perspective of larger size girls.
To this end, as I close out these last few days of August, I can think of a battle for each day that I may take on. Today, it is the battle of not snacking and drinking plenty of water. When I am home all day and trying to get massive things done, I'll often just grab handfuls of things to nosh in small but frequent breaks, no sense of what I've actually consumed. Today, those breaks will involve a glass of water, and I will take the time to eat a proper lunch. What about you? What are your personal battles? How do you focus on offense and defense to win each one?
|Picture from last summer-one, even though silly, I am o.k. posting.|