Hello everyone! Long time no talk. It's been a whirlwind of a week and a half, however I'm happy to report that yours truly is down 15lbs! I'm super happy about this because this is the first time I've been able to lose that much on my own in a VERY long time. By "on my own" I mean I haven't used anything fancy, just old fashioned lifestyle changes and your typical blood/sweat/tears combo. I'll be taking my measurements again sometime in the next week or so, but my last figure was 20.25 inches gone!
Over the weekend, a place that is near and dear to me, had a devastating earthquake. Nepal had a 7.8 magnitude earthquake this past Saturday, that has currently taken the lives of nearly 6000 people, and that figure is only expected to grow. Not only did they have a major earthquake, they were, and still are, plagued with aftershocks. I have family there, and it has been quite an emotional week. Thankfully, they are safe, albeit, very startled, but they are alive. Before you read any further, I challenge any reader of this blog to hug their loved ones, send someone a quick text to let them know you are thinking of them, write a note, make a phone call, whatever you need to do, just do it! Life is so incredibly precious, and it's usually in times of great sorrow, all the darkness is what forces us to see that glimmer of light. The past week or so has really challenged me mentally, but the past few days have really iced that cake for me. I've spent much of the week cycling through a multitude of emotions: worry, anxiety, fear, anger, and even joy. Talk about an emotional roller coaster. All of this emotion makes the mental aspect of food, and how much of an emotional eater I have always been very evident to me. It's taken 30 some odd years to get to this point, so I'm well aware that it won't change in just a few months, but I'm trying not to dwell.
I read this excellent article by Steven Aitchison today about 10 things you need to drop from your life. If you don't know who Steven Aitchison is, please look him up, he's awesome! While reading the article, I started to get excited. I thought to myself "This is it!" This is the motivation that I needed. If you have a moment, please stop by and read the actual article, as it's very eye opening (At least it was for me) _http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/10-things-you-should-drop-from-your-life-starting-now/ There are some on the list I can easily do, like drop negative people around me.....Buh Bye! I actually started this years ago. It seems the older I get, the less tolerable I am for anyone who is a Negative Nelly. However, there are others on the list I need to definitely work on (caring about mistakes I've made, worrying about the past etc). Reading through this article really opened my eyes to many things that I need to work on. While this journey to a healthier me focuses on weight loss, it's much much much more than just that. It's ultimately about dropping more than just the weight. It's about gaining a new outlook in all the aspects of life.
So I ask........What do you plan on dropping from your life to make things better???