I was thinking about working out and exercise this morning and realized that it’s the weekend most of us here in the US turn back our clocks. Since I live in the mid-south, this means it gets light at about 5:30 a.m. That’s perfect for me because I like to walk/run in the early morning but don’t really like exercising in the dark. When I started losing weight as a morbidly obese women, I walked in the dark every morning and never thought a thing about it. As I lost more and more weight I began to worry about walking alone in the dark and stopped going quite so early. I think that true or not, I felt like the “bad people” waiting around the corner in my neighborhood wouldn’t have bothered a 300 pound Diane. (Not that I ever saw a single person that early anyway!)
It’s still interesting to me that my self perception was so tied to my weight and appearance. I honestly felt less safe as a fitter woman than as an obese woman. The same feelings held true when I had to go shopping by myself at night, or travel alone. I think that I also pulled along those feelings of safety in my food choices. It was safer to eat and get bigger than it was to be a more fit/attractive woman. Strange isn’t it? That’s my little bit of weight loss/maintenance encouragement to you on this weekend. I encourage you to not fill yourself up with food to feel safe physically OR emotionally.
Work hard to fill yourself up with positive food choices, good self talk, and meaningful relationships. That’s how you will feel safe, secure, and confident in the new you. Any thoughts on that?
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In other news:
On Sunday I’m heading off to Dallas to experience a blogger Immersion put on by Frito-Lay. As most of you know I’ve been featured on the Frito-Lay corporate blog and have done a guest post for them. They invited me and nine other bloggers to come tour their facilities, meet their chefs, and learn about the company. I’ve never done anything like this before, so I’m very excited. They even sent a Quaker care package so my family wouldn’t starve while I was gone!
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While I’m gone on Monday, I will have the most fabulous guest post ever. It will answer some of those email questions I get all the time like:
1) What did your husband think while you were losing all your weight?
2) Was your husband amazed at the transformation?
3) Did you drive your husband crazy with your obsession over diet and exercise?
4) Was your husband ever critical of your weight gain and morbid obesity?
Now, three guesses who my guest poster is! That’s right, my hubby John, who is a great writer, will answer some of those questions and more. I made him promise to be nice and although I *must* review his post for spelling errors, I promise I won’t change the content at all.
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! We are going to try and get rid of these awful green onion things in our yard, take a trip to a museum, and enjoy some family time! Diane