Your Challenge Today:
A small amount of sacrifice …
By Bernadette Kathryn, LMT, IHLC
You can’t achieve anything in life
without a small amount of sacrifice.
Sacrifice or trade?
I like to think of it as a trade; I am trading one thing that I want for something else that I want more. When I was growing up in Texas, I ate a lot of traditional comfort foods. My mom was an excellent cook, and she inspired hunger in me … I smelled the food and wanted to eat! There was one thing she cooked that I didn’t like — cabbage — she entirely overcooked it and I was not interested. Otherwise, everything she prepared was tasty, tasty, tasty. I remember some favorites were red beans and dirty rice, macaroni and cheese, a casserole with chicken, rice, cinnamon and pine nuts (sounds odd but really yum), cherry cheesecake, fudge brownies, any pasta sauce, grits & eggs, patty melts, Frito pies – ever have one of those?
As you can see, we had a lot of ~ not so good for you or your figure tasty food ~ and I had to learn a new way to care for myself as an adult. It quickly became apparent that if I continued to eat the way I did as a child, I would be huge, fat and unhappy. Not only do I not need as many calories as I did when I was a child, but I also needed to change the ratio of foods I was eating and eliminate processed foods. I ate way too much sugar and junk food and honestly had no idea that was a problem until I was diagnosed with a spastic colon. I used to get such severe stomach aches, and no one ever made the connection that the food I ate was a contributing factor. I am not even sure the doctor linked at the time, he gave me a prescription, said it was “stress” and sent me home. I was a teenager at the time, and something told me that medicine was not the way to go with this … I had a feeling there was a better answer out there for me.
Trusting the little voice in my head, I decided to look for answers in other places. I now know that stress and diet were the main contributing factors to my tummy troubles. And, as I began to learn more about exercise, stress reduction methods and healthier food choices I was able to make habit changes that essentially saved my life slowly. It was a long road to change my habits from sedentary to active, from comfort foods to healthier choices and from internalizing my stress to learning coping skills for my emotional stress.
I began to read books, talk to alternative health professionals, go to the park to exercise, and keep a journal. All of these strategies were instrumental in the success of my physical transformation, and it took ages, one habit change at a time. I still battle a variety of demons periodically; I still love sugar, chocolate, cheese, a good glass of wine or margarita and good old junk food. And, I remember how bad I felt when I wasn’t taking good care of myself; that memory keeps me on track most of the time. I feel excellent about the changes I have made for my better health and Living Fit Lifestyle.
The most significant strategy for me was ‘trading’ not ‘sacrificing.’ I decided to trade one poor food choice for a better one whenever I had a craving until I had systematically exchanged all of my old habits for healthier ones. I have found that food choices are emotionally driven and that process was the longest to change but well worth it. I don’t like to think of sacrificing because that sounds like I am suffering and the choices I am making to support my Living Fit Lifestyle do not include any suffering. I am making delicious, pleasurable healthy food choices that are every bit as good and better than what I grew up eating. Now, I am creating new memories with a better understanding of and commitment to my wellness needs.
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I mostly have what I want most, and now I need to work on being MORE vigilant about keeping it. I have to admit I’ve been slipping with my food choices. I keep trying to get back with the plan, and I do, but I’m having “meals off” more frequently than the plan allows. What I want most is to have a pain free (or reduced) body so I can feel all the love and sensuality with my partner as well as have the energy to do the work that I love.
Thank you Pamela for your reflection — you are doing great and maintenance can be a little tricky. You have to find he balance in your life that will allow you to stay on track and keep the good healthily results that you have manifested along with your love. Let your body be your guide, listen to it’s messages and pain is a mighty messenger.