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My change in perspective

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I'm encouraged by my bit of change in perspective. When I began to see my weight loss goals as a lifestyle change rather than 'another diet venture,' my overall perspective began to change.

Just a week ago, I was looking at food as such a comfort - it was my go-to pal when I was feeling low, stressed, or discouraged. There was no negative to be found in the satisfying comfort of my favorite foods, no issue food couldn't assuage -- Now, I can ever-so-clearly see that I deluded myself with those distorted views of food.

Last night, after a bit of a stressful day, my younger son was ill right before bed. I had to stay up late to wash his soiled clothes and the towels my husband and I used to clean up afterward, and I was feeling a bit worn down. As I plopped on to the couch to watch an On-Demand episode of The Middle, I thought, "Gosh, I should get some crackers -- ooh, or ice cream".

However, unlike countless times in the past, I didn't opt for that route. I've begun to see through the food lies I'd believed for decades. Instead, I opted to sip on unsweetened brewed tea.

Afterward, as I sat folding the freshly washed and dried clothes, I was proud of myself for making a wiser decision.

Do I see a life where I never eat a cupcake or scoop of ice cream? No, I honestly don't. The huge difference is that I will have those treats in moderation, and not as a 'feel good' measure when life takes a turn that stresses me. I refuse to slip back in to the habit of embracing food as a comfort. My resolve is that doing so is no longer an option.

This fresh outlook seems so much ... well, less dysfunctional. A healthier view of food (as my train of thought carries me) should also lead to an overall healthier me. I'm very much looking forward to that :)
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