- Preparing myself.
- Preparing – family / friends.
- Preparing – professional relationships.
- Preparing – home routines.
- Gotta get walking.
- Water – who knew?
- Dairy – scary!
- Cleansing – an ancient art applicable now!
- Rest – what a difference!
- Savoring results.
- Re-imaging from the inside out.
- Re-imaging from family / friends.
- Old image – subtle sabotage.
Part 1 of 13: Awareness! Step one to preparing myself to be more physically healthy.
My journey to gain then maintain optimal health officially started in 1993 just past my 33rd birthday. Step one of my physical path to become more healthy was becoming more aware that I had a weight problem to begin with. You see, up until that time in my life, I bought hook, line and sinker the family myth that ‘we’re all just big boned.’ Being the youngest of nine siblings, with eight of those nine siblings all morbidly obese, I didn’t think twice about my size. I also didn’t think twice about how young family members died from complication of obesity. How’s that old saying go? “Ignorance is bliss?” I certainly enjoyed a blissful young adulthood as I topped out at 285 pounds on a 5’7” frame!
As my awareness grew concerning all the complications I was headed for if I didn’t DO something – NOW – about my weight, my eyes opened wide, big time. I was lucky to see I had choices to make before my lack of choice made some pretty hard decisions for me. As I consumed materials concerning obesity, nutrition, diet, exercise and all the related hoopla around being more healthy, I knew I needed a plan I could actually commit to. My plan started out by simply doing a better job at what I automatically stuffed in my face with NO awareness of what that stuff was.
My biggest eye-opener regarding nutrition was my wanderings around http://cdc.gov. As I dove more deeply into that site, learning how awful our food supply really is (additives, vaccines, etc.) it made me realize I needed to be far more mindful of what I threw in my grocery basket. As with most folks I know, I swung myself overboard on being an organic queen. Not only an organic queen (buying ONLY certified organic foods), but an organic queen apostle. (I couldn’t stop lecturing people on the need to be more real with their food consumption.)
I’m amazed I still have any family or friends around after being such a drama queen about eating organic! You see, I replaced my arrogance concerning my weight with arrogance about how dumb others are about nutrition! Needless to say, I soon realized I needed to prepare my inner circle about my intentions to become more healthy in order to achieve my goal to BE more healthy.
Stay tuned! My next post explores how I helped those I love, love me back by being a solid support team before, during and after retiring over 100 pounds.