I’ve heard a lot of comments about the commitment I have to my new lifestyle. I hear, “If I could have half of the commitment you do!” “Man, you are dedicated…it’s amazing!” “Wow, you are so serious about this!”
Yes, I am serious. I’m dedicated. I’m committed. I have to be. If I’m not, then I will go back to my old ways. I’m not going to lie, there have been some really difficult days. Today for example…I was driving down the highway and I spotted Dairy Queen. I thought about how delicious their Strawberry Cheesequake Blizzard is and really wanted to go in the drive thru. I had a creeping thought, “just this one time…I haven’t had ice cream in so long. It’s ok!” I had to slow down and tell myself, “NO! One time isn’t an option and it’s not ok.” It also helps to remember how I felt before beginning this journey. Do I want to return to that??? No, absolutely not.
I’ve also had conversations with several friends about how others can try to persuade me to eat off plan. Their logic is, “Just a little won’t hurt…come on, try it.” Well, yes, in fact a little will hurt. If I had “just a little bit” every time someone told me it would be ok I would be eating off plan quite frequently.
Everyday is a choice for me…the choice to continue on the path to good health or the choice to turn around and go back to where I came from. I don’t want to go back. The plan is to continue to learn and move forward. This past week I purchased the bracelet above (FierceForward on Etsy.com) as a reminder of the commitment I have made to myself. I was a mess when I first started my journey. I wasn’t treating myself the way I would treat someone I love and I deserve to be treated with love and respect.