Now that Elijah is 8 weeks old, I am back to the gym and going strong. Day by day I do my best to make good choices in eating. I reach for the baby carrots instead of chips, soup instead of cheese cake, cucumbers instead of candy. It really comes down to making good choices over and over again.
I am personally past the “measure out everything” stage. I have trained myself to know how much is a good amount. Indulging in too much is an old habit, and I so much enjoy my new habit of moderation. And I am not desperate about losing weight. It is just fine with me if it takes me months to lose those last pounds, as I am nursing full-time. I am more into feeling in shape and good about my progress.
I am over 40. When I was in my 20’s all I had to do to lose weight was pay some attention and the pounds came off. Today I need to accept my reality: I can’t “just eat a few extra things” and get away with it. I can’t just do one kind of exercise. I need to mix it up and stretch way more. I’m not complaining or giving in, “Oh well, I’m 40-something, nothing I can do but put on the weight.” Instead, I am okay, this is where I am at in life, and I can roll with it. I need to adjust at 40-something, just like I did at 20-something and will at 60-something.
What I don’t want to do is stop. I can look back and see benchmarks of success and be proud that I didn’t sit idle back then. I never used to be able to put in 6 miles on the bike, but now I can do it with relative ease. Sure, I must stretch before and after I exercise, but that is a little thing. I have learned the in’s and out’s of what my body can handle, and I just keep at it. I’m not looking for a perfect size or a perfect weight, but I am completely able to do the things I need and want to do. That is important to me.
In God’s eye I don’t need to be perfect. He is there for me when I fail and when I win. He is there when I need a leg up and He will never let me down.
I find Love in a Diet and you will too. You can do this! Let me know how you are doing and how it is going for you.
Blessings, Wendy <><