Aloha fellow 21DHL'ers
I'm woefully behind on my participation in the cyber forum, but there has been so much action offline that it has been hard to keep up! I actually started my journey a year ago in January 2010 when I woke up depressed, alone and 300 pounds. I was far from home and had the typical, "how did I let myself get like this?" reaction when I already knew the answer was poor self esteem & bad self image drowned out with the narcotic like delight of sugary treats, wine, and rich foods
. Long story short- I started going to the gym a few times a week, stopped drinking soda, and kept a food journal to make smarter, less impulsive food choices. I'm down 50 pounds in a year which I am very proud of
, but have a long way to go so this challenge is a BIG boost back on track as I started slipping the last few months of 2010 (which my body reminded me of when I had a gallbladder attack on new years day
and had to go to the emergency room....ugh, just say noooooo to greasy pizza:angry
Some of my goals:
1. Don't compare myself to others too much- our journeys have some parallels and there is so much we can learn from each other, but life is not a competition (I get hard on myself this way, especially at the gym). I find comfort somehow in repeating the last line of the Invictus poem in my head to keep focused: "I am the master of my fate, the captain of my soul".
2. It's okay to say no! If I focus all my energy on trying to please others and don't invest in me then I just get burned out and can't truly be present / enjoy my experiences.
3. Food is not a burden to be thrown together and impulsively grabbed. Continue to put thought, planning and joy into what I eat...one of the biggest delights of my life was spending the weekend with a group of Swedish ladies I met in Tokyo. They were so radiantly beautiful and I wondered their secret. They made a whole lovely day of planning the meal, going to market, cooking together and singing over a leisurely smartly portioned dinner :-) LOL, like a scene out of Eat, Pray, Love or something, but it brought me out of my American fast food and TV dinner bubble and opened me up to the delights of the world :-)) Being in Hawaii now I've found some great markets and managed to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet, but sugar remains my kryptonite
. I'm giving macrobiotic cooking classes a try over the next few weekends just to get more knowledge/info on preparing healthy dishes.
I could go on and on, but these three points are the ones that stick out most in my mind. I truly thank everyone for their support :hug:and cheer you on big time
with your personal goals! You are beautiful spirits
! Warm hugs & much Alohaaaaaa, Crystal AKA "brilliantlypure"