My neighbor at the end of my street has a meticulously manicured lawn and flowerbed. Not one blade of grass is out of place – it’s quite amazing. I don’t always see her investing the time and energy to make it so perfect, mostly just the final results. I would love for my lawn and flowerbed to look as beautiful as hers, but I (i.e. my husband) don’t do the work.
The same goes for our bodies. You can’t dream, wish, or pray for a healthier, leaner body. The reality is, the work has to be done, and you are the only one that can invest the time and energy to get the results. Obviously, my priorities don’t include the landscaping around my house. My priorities include working on projects in the house, getting other things done that *need* to get done, watching television/relaxing (yep!), and working on myself. It’s all about priorities.
I read something this week, and it really hit home in many ways:
“Instead of saying ‘I don’t have time,’ try saying ‘it’s not a priority,’ and see how that feels.”
Make time to take care of YOU. Love yourself enough to make YOU a priority.
Want to spend more time with your kids/grandkids? Work on YOU, and you’ll be around for many more years to come. As selfish as it sounds, you have to love and take care of yourself first and the rest will follow.
I’m speaking to myself here as well. This has been a really hard thing for me to deal with. There’s been a lot of “self hate” going on with me for many, many years. I need to stop listening to that nagging voice in my head, too. I’m slowly learning to love myself and love this new, strange body I’m suddenly in.
Now, my next *needed* priority? Getting back to the gym………
Update: I have been low carb / ketogenic 20 months as of today.
211 pounds GONE – about 20 pounds from goal (unless I change it again). 😉
Start: 5X/6X shirt, size 32W pants — Now: Medium shirt, size 6 pants