Saturday, September 11, 2010

Joyful Life

I am feeling just amazing today! I have gotten so much accomplished and have been eating good healthy stuff, having fun with my kids and just enjoying life. I had a great salad with grilled chicken and tomatoes on top for lunch, and dinner was a delicious treat: fillet Mignon with sauteed fresh green beans and steamed broccoli topped with a bit of shaved Parmesan. So flavorful! I must have walked a good 2 or 3 miles outside today too.

It hasn't escaped my attention that while I have had my share of struggles and continue to struggle at times, I am richly blessed with the body I have, the children I love so dearly, and the wonderful life I am living. I think it is wise to count one's blessings regularly, as cliche as it sounds, because we *all* have things to be grateful for and it is all too easy (for me, at least) to forget and wallow in the mire of the negatives. And that seems to be when I start turning to food for something it isn't: emotional support. I am finding the strength within for the hard times, while always trying to keep in mind how blessed I really am.

I think so much more highly of myself than I ever have, too, and that is a great thing. I used to feel inferior a lot, starting from the time I was a child and thought I didn't look as pretty as the other girls. For decades I battled a sense of inferiority, because I was never smart enough, good enough, popular enough (I was *so* not popular!), athletic enough (or at all) or unique enough. It's funny, I always thought if I was proud of myself that was bad. Pride was bad... feeling superior was wrong. Well, I can't say I feel superior at all. But I AM good, I am talented, in fact I am beautiful and wonderful and gifted. I like myself. I am, actually, quite special.

You are all of those things as well, you know. That's the funny thing about 'unique' and 'special': one might think that in order to be those things, other people can't be those things. You have to stand out and leave the un-unique and un-special people behind. But that's incorrect. EVERYONE can be unique and special in some way. What matters most is what YOU think of you... and the impact you leave on others by how you use your life. Leave a positive legacy. That makes you wonderful, beautiful, special.

I just love life right now, and I wish this feeling on each of you, especially those who struggle every day with sadness or anger or hopelessness. I hope for you the sense of joy and peace I've found. Oh, I have my rough days, but feeling this way *most* of the time is a beautiful thing. I couldn't be here when I was in the sugar fog. I didn't have the richness of emotion and sensations of a joyful life when everything was coated in sugar and blurred by the unhealthy things I was eating. Cutting way back on sugar (and refined carbs) is the one most significant thing I have done over the past 3 years for my mental state and my health. Maybe it doesn't work that way for everyone, but I urge you to see if it helps you. Just stop with the sugar, sweets, corn syrup, white flour, white rice, etc. for a couple of weeks and see if the sugar fog doesn't lift for you, too. It's worth a shot.

I will be weighing in on Monday this week (no scale access at the moment). Enjoy your weekend!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great post ! You pointed out so many important things. We all should feel ourselves important and special persons no matter what. I enjoy reading your posts every time !

Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) said...

So well put. We really can lose sight of things. And the things we do to dull our senses (like sugar) can dull the joy, and not just the pain. I seem to lose this perspective all too often, but this time, maybe...

Lanie Painie said...

Good for you!

Dianne Stauber said...

Good for you! Aren't these days wonderful??? You deserve it!

Anonymous said...

I like the part about each of us being special and unique and how that does not detract from the uniqueness and specialness of others. I am pretty much at my goal but this post was inspirational to me because even though you have made it, you have to continue and need a boost now and then. I am grateful for what I have too. I can afford good food and have time to exercise. I was feeling down for some reason and your post picked me up.

Donnie said...

I hope you don't mind but I have adopted you as my weightloss buddy. I really identify with your struggle and it gives me hope as you deal with these changes in your life. Lovely blog.

Baby Stepping said...

Heartwarming post. Your children are so blessed to have a mom like you as a role model!!
{{{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}}

Mary

spunkysuzi said...

It works for me :) After telling me for how long???
I'm so glad your in a great place in your journey!! You know i'm always rooting for you

LetMeTellYouATale said...

Thank you so much for sharing :) You are an inspiration!

Reitmans Fat Girl said...

Thanks for the reminder to be grateful. Like you, I am taking one small step at a time. Might take me awhile...but that's the goal!

screwdestiny said...

Sugar is evil. I'm working on cutting it out more myself because it's my main weakness. It's so great that you're really enjoying life, Lyn. You deserve to.

A woman in transition... said...

I'm so impressed by your blog! I'm just now starting on my road to fitness and your pics are a great inspiration. Can't wait to read through some of your posts...especially the one about healthier fried green tomatoes. That's one of my favorite sins. :)

-J.Darling said...

Ya know, it must be one of those days! I'm feeling pretty up too! ANd it's important to enjoy these days and share them w/ those we love.

Vee said...

So you glad you wrote that post. Today was slightly difficult but I handled it better than I would have 6 months ago, when i ate anything I wanted and *amn the consequences.

Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

Claire said...

I always enjoy reading your blog, although I'm a little disappointed that you didn't mention the WTC in your post. Yes, life is joyful, but tragedy took some people's lives on 9/11/01, and changed the entire country forever. Just don't want anyone to forget. Bless you.