To achieve almost 300 pounds over 30 years, I have to admit, my home life evolved around convenience! It had too! I was too tired most the time to do anything more than deal with the bare-essentials of living. While I somehow managed to keep a (what some say – neurotically) clean home, I failed miserably at keeping myself clean – internally that is. (I’ll explain more about internal cleansing in a future post – hang on! We’ll get there!)
Time to dive into a before / after review of my home life as it relates to my desire to gain, then maintain a healthy body, mind and soul! I’ll define my “before” period as a time of extreme expense in money, health, relationships and respect. My “after” period is how I live NOW based on almost seven years of enjoying better health than most of my life!
Before / money: cost of pre-packaged foods didn’t phase me. I shopped the frozen-foods isle with glee! My time was more valuable than money. I shopped with a ‘three-step’ food rule for decades. Step one: buy it. Step two: open it. Step three: eat it. (I guess you’d add one step more, “Step four: throw away lots of packaging.) What I didn’t know at the time was how nutritionally bankrupt and toxic this food really is! I was always hungry, so no wonder I bought and ate so much of it. In the long run, it bankrupted my health to such a degree I faced Type 2 Diabetes.
Before / health: medicate stress with food. That was my home motto! If life sucked, then it’s time to suck down something yummy, decadent and momentarily fulfilling. You never know when death decides to knock on the door. Better to have another delightful treat before that knock! Right? (What I didn’t want to face was how I sent out an invite for that knock with every spoonful of midnight delight I enjoyed for years!)
Before / relationships: my previous post (02/15) talked about how my professional relationships revolved around eating and drinking. This applied to all my relationships actually. To say I spent more than some small countries gross national revenues on dining out is NO JOKE! Yes, it costs me lots of money. I thought I had to spend that type of money to create and maintain the types of relationships I needed to live. Nasty cycle to say the least! I’m glad that cycle is O.V.E.R! I’ve no doubts the amount of dining out (most often – at buffets) contributed significantly to my waist line. It certainly laid waste my finances!
Before / respect: As my girth grew, my mirth about my girth grew. I laughed at anyone who expressed any concern about my health. My standard response to anyone wanting me to get more healthy was, “I’m happy, thanks. Which do you want more for me, happiness or health?” Talk about arrogance! WOW! Looking back, I not only had little respect for others, but even less for those who cared for me. I guess it’s true we tend to hurt most the ones we love most.
Now, time to look at my home life – today . . .
Money: I have to confess. I still enjoy the convenience of pre-packaged food. While I do have two more steps in my food-rule, they take less than a minute each! What’s changed is what I consume. I eat Isagenix more often than not. Yes, it’s pre-packed. Yes, the packaging is recyclable. Now, I’m no longer hungry all the time. My meals are so packed with nutrition it feeds my body at deeper levels. Excessive snacking / eating is completely unnecessary. My program also helps me maintain a healthy life in more ways than I have time to share in this post. Next, I’ve cut my grocery budget in half! My cost per meal, to include taxes, shipping along with a wide variety of add-ons (supplements, greens, fruits, etc.) is less than $5.00 a meal. I don’t need to drive to a store to shop. I order online. My order is delivered in less than three days with standard ground shipping costs. I save on gas, utilities, and waste. (More often than not, if I was adventurous enough to purchase produce in my “before” stage, that produce often turned to science projects well before I ate it! Tossing out spoiled food is the same as tossing money into the garbage can. Go throw a $5.00 bill in the street and walk away the next time you throw out spoiled food!)
Health: I often chuckle when folks look at my before/after pic. When I ask people to guess my age when I show them my picture featuring me at 33 years old, they often guess 50’s and 60’s. I enjoy more naturally created energy now than I had in my 20’s. I receive glowing compliments on my skin whenever I meet a cosmetologist, esthetician or similar skin care professional. These professionals don’t believe me when I tell them I ‘don’t use product’ on my skin. They don’t believe how a daily shake for breakfast actually improves my largest body organ, my skin. I just smile and change the topic.
Relationships: if I could monetize how I feel about my current circle of family, friends, colleagues, students and clients, I’d be a multi-trazillionaire hands-down! Over the past few years, not only have I dissolved over 100 pounds, physically, I think I’ve dissolved 100 TONS emotionally by allowing myself to stop judging myself and others on all sorts of ways. No matter who you are, you’re perfect in my eyes. No need to fix or change anyone. Allowing folks to be who they are with no need to judge or fix them allows me to respect them more and I can express in words.
Respect: as my pounds dissolved, I discovered an entire new world of respect for myself. As each year passes with continued good health, if I’m ever tempted to awaken old home-life habits, I realize I would not only disrespect myself, but everyone I hold near and dear as well. It’s much easier to bypass the frozen-foods section when I tap into the love, care and happiness I savor by respecting my health, each and every day.
Yes, my home life has changed considerably over the past decade. What ever time savings I thought I earned by eating all that prepackaged food was later spent at a gym. My desire to daily practice the notion that everyone is perfect, inspires me to admire people who they are and what they wish to become. Before, I focused on who they HAVE BEEN or what they haven’t accomplished. Over all, my home life changed from reminiscing about the past or daydreaming about the future t. (Now, where have you heard THAT before!) Many of the shows you’ll find here on Create Your Health inspires a ‘real-time’ appreciation for who you are right now! Be sure to click around this site to uncover ways to spend money wisely, improve your health, daily, foster and savor healthy relationships with a new level of respect unlike you’ve ever dreamed of!