You know what scares me? The notion that a year from now I could end up right back where I was four months ago, overweight and miserable and hating myself for it.
If I’m being truthful, it freaking terrifies me. Every day I’m working so hard to make lasting lifestyle changes that will stick with me for the long run. Every day I’m battling demons who want me to eat a family sized box of Mac and Cheese for dinner or drink a bottle of wine just because it’s Tuesday. More often than not, I’m winning. Actually, if I’m being completely honest, I am winning 100% of the time outside of planned cheat meals.
But there’s this part of me that chides me. That whispers in my ear that I can’t be perfect forever. That some day I will go out to dinner and just order the burger and fries, and that will lead to a slippery slope of stuffing my pie hole until my size 14 jeans don’t fit me anymore… again.
Two days in a row of posting about confidence and self love and I still have these fears and doubts. I still worry that this time won’t be any different than any other yo-yo I’ve done.
But then I think about all the times I HAVE made the right choice. Just tonight I went to the grocery store after the gym starving and really craving some soup. What I wanted was the Publix Chicken and Dumplings, loaded with creamy biscuity goodness. What I bought was fresh carrots, celery, mushrooms, spinach, a can of diced tomatoes and a big box of veggie broth and came home and made my own concoction. With scrambled eggs. Because for some reason that sounded good.
I recognized the craving, but once I was in the store I was on autopiolot. That, friends, is a lifestyle change. And one I hope will stick with me for the long haul.
The title of this blog is “Not the Fat Kid in Gym Class Anymore,” but really I think I just need to realize that regardless of what I look like on the outside, mentally I need to not be that kid anymore.
So with all that, look for a bit of a blog redesign soon. I’ve been thinking about doing it for some time and the urge has finally struck me. We’ll have a new name, a new mantra, and a new layout, but the same great shit you’ve come to expect from me.
Now, tell me your demons. I’ll reassure you that you’re not alone. And heck, might crack a pewp joke or two for good measure.