The last few weeks I have felt a shift in myself. I have really been beating myself up for quite some time lately. And each time I think I am doing better, something else happens to pull me back down. I have had troubles accepting this season of my life. I workout and, yes, I DO eat right most of the time. Yet still I struggle with the greatest nemesis of my life, my weight. I know now that I have not made time and taken enough time to rest, recover, relax, or even just breathe. I am stressed most of the time. And up until my Sweet Emmy Lou died, I was averaging about 4 hours of sleep per night for the last 2-3 years. I simply haven’t been doing very good on my self-care. And in the meantime, have returned to some pretty toxic feelings of self-loathing and worse. Add in some sneaky toxic people, and you have a pretty good recipe for a slippery slope back to depression and under rock dwelling 😦 But I REFUSE to reside there for too long EVER AGAIN!
Although it was a horrible and heart wrenching time for me, after I lost my sweet Emmy, I realized that it is time to start being nicer to ME in more ways than just starting to get a little more sleep. I recently listened to a book about being healthy at any weight, and although I really agreed with so much of it, because I have had a horrible relationship with food all of my life, I am also not happy with where I am at now for ME! Not to please anyone else. Not to make myself feel worthy of love or friendship. Not even for acceptance as a fitness professional. You don’t HAVE to be a “Barbie” to be a FIT! But I also know that with my knee problems, I feel a lot better about 40# lighter than I am right now.
But I will NOT be body shaming myself anymore! And I will not tolerate anyone who thinks they have a right to talk about me or ANY ONE else in that way. Either to our faces, OR behind our backs! To them, I simply say F!U! Because they may think that beauty is about weight, but in my opinion, their ugly hearts are WAY uglier than my Big Butt, Thick Thighs, or Bulging Belly!
This is pretty much a TOTAL overhaul of the way I have thought and talked about myself for most of my life, so please be patient with me. So if you see me struggling, saying a kind word would be appreciated. Further criticism, or even unsolicited diet, nutrition, or fitness advice is NOT! Following crappy advice and fad diets for research has also contributed to where I am now with a 100% jacked up metabolism! It will NOT happen overnight, and I do not expect it to. Neither should you! So don’t assume that I have given up just because of what I LOOK like! Sometimes the people that you think aren’t doing anything, are working harder than anyone else. Or they have simply decided to believe in THEMSELVES more than what media and society tell them they should believe in.
I have been told SO MANY times in the last 2 years, that it is my age, or menopause, or stress. And even though I do believe that all of those things have played a role in why I have “fallen” as some have said, you know what? I have fallen before. I have also gotten back up EVERY TIME! If you think you know my whole story, I would like to know how, since it isn’t even close to being over yet! 😉
I GOT THIS!