Evie1010's Journal, 30 January 2013

Do you need some motivation? A big shot of encouragement? I felt it might be a benefit to some - perhaps a newbie on the site who is just beginning to muster up the courage to begin a new way of eating. This is for you. Perhaps it is a seasoned member of this site who has had some disappointments, or seen a lack of motivation to continue, or they're just plain irritated with their scale or themselves. This is for you. Perhaps there is someone reading this who totally fell off the wagon -- not only did you abandon post and neglect your WoE, but the weight crept back on and you are at a place you never thought you would be....again. This is for you.

I love this quote: "We will remain the same until the pain of remaining the same outweighs the pain of change." ~ author unknown

When we come to a point that we're sick and tired of being sick and tired, then we are ready for change. We realize that pain of remaining as is - as we are - is greater than the pain of changing our lives. We come to a point when we can courageously capture the idea and make a decision that will forever change our life. We take responsibilty for what needs to be done -- and we do it. We don't come into this with a wimpy mindset - "I hope... I'll try... I might..." Rather we have grit behind our heart/mind. We have robust mental fortitude and we declare, "I can. I will. I must." Big difference is in those words.

Another quote I love is "A made up mind diminishes fear."

The problem with some who wander upon this site - who make a valiant effort to lose pounds, yet give up before too long, or before they begin to reach their goals -- is they simply have not come to a point in their life when they've made up their mind. Nor have they declared the decision. They still have yet to come to the point where they draw a line in the sand and say, "No more."

It's only when we reach that point that will ever begin to have the courage and resolve to make it happen...and to change our lives.

What was that point for you? When was it that your mental hinge swung from "I hope..." to "I can."...from "I'll try" to "I will"...from "I might" to "I must."

For me it was July 2010. I had observed a woman from my church put on a good deal of weight following a back surgery she had a couple of years ago. The clothes she was wearing were contsricting and quite dated. I knew I had many beautiful clothes hanging in my closet that I could no longer wear. If I couldn't enjoy them at least I wanted someone else to. I invited her over to try some clothes and take what she wanted. She was ecstatic. There were gorgeous suits and dresses, and some professional blouses still with the tags on. Boxes of high-end sweaters. She tried them all on and opted to take everything. As we stuffed two giant (garbage) bags full of my lovely articles and began to overflow a cardboard box with my garments, a tremendous feeling of grief came over me. Not because I was giving them away - I was happy to do that... It was simply because I could no longer wear those clothes...and it was such a waste. The clothes were still in their prime - but I was so far from mine.

It was shortly after that day that I decided I needed to take charge of my life - I needed to adopt change in my life. I knew I was addicted to some carbohydrates - but I had no idea that my body was intolerant to excessive carbs (until I began reading/researching. I learned what ill effects my body was dealing with from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome...and the sheer fact that carbs had a lot to do with the onset of PCOS.) Although I knew that there were foods I most certainly did not want to give up (carbohydrates!) I just knew that something had to be done. In just a matter of weeks I had begun my low carb lifestyle...and just one year later, I've seen so many dramatic changes...not only in my weight, but in ME.

The girl who used to be motivated, positive and courageous -- is BACK. The girl who had boundless energy and spirit -- is BACK. The girl who was tenacious and hard working - even earning a pink cadillac as a top director with Mary Kay - is BACK.

Not only have I lost 99 inches in body mass (from bust to calf), I am also rid of aches and pains. My eyes no longer hurt. I never get winded from ascending the stairs. I actually run down the stairs. My joints never hurt me anymore. I sleep wonderfully. I never snore. My hair is shinier and brighter. My nails are thick and long. My energy and stamina are increased. I am no longer depressed and forlorn. I can hike/walk/jog without feeling dead, dragging or drained. I'm happy.

I would never trade my energy for bread--or even Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay biscuits. I will not trade my lack of cravings that I enjoy today for something as stupid as a potato chip or a cookie. I refuse to swap my zest for life for baked lasagna. Cheating is not worth it. Succumbing to temptation is not worth it. Giving in is not worth it. I'm changing my life. And while I still have a long way to go, I will get there. There is no doubt - no matter how long it takes. I made up my mind that summer afternoon while staring at the empty, gaping holes in my closet - where my lovely clothes once hung. That day my closet looked like a hollow cave. It was that day that pain of staying the same outweighed the pain of change.

What was your moment? When was it you came to a meeting of the minds with YOURSELF? When did you make the decision? The sounder your decision the more concretely will follow it. The stronger your will the more stable your motivation will be.

No one will rain on my parade. I will go up, I will go over, I will go around, I will go through any obstacle that comes my way. Because I am highly motivated, extremely dedicated and super successful...YES!

What are you saying "YES" to? Change? Or staying the same?
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well said! 
30 Jan 13 by member: DarleneW101
I had this moment in March 2010. When you make this kind of decision and commitment your resolve only gets stronger with each passing day. I have no doubt you will reach your goals! 
30 Jan 13 by member: Josie Ann
Thx for your comments! :D  
30 Jan 13 by member: Evie1010
Wow! Thanks very much I needed that!! I say "YES" to change!!  
30 Jan 13 by member: Tarla
Awesome Tarla! Love to hear that!! Woo hooo! 
30 Jan 13 by member: Evie1010
Nice thoughts. Thank you 
31 Jan 13 by member: Cazals82
Have thought of you often while I was on my "eating sabbatical" and then when I needed a good shot in the arm, Evie appears with some well spoken words of wisdom. Thank you so much for sharing...it certainly makes me feel that anything is possible...and most like probable!!!! 
03 Feb 13 by member: 2227Gwen
Thanks so much for sharing. I too am back to becoming a healthier me! 
04 Feb 13 by member: moondove
Great post Evie and I am so glad you feel sooooo good. It would be silly to cheat on yourself when you feel that way. I wish I could say I had ever felt that way. I lost about 70 lb initally on low carb and although I have felt great from time top time I cannot say I ever got that much zest for life or that much pain free. So admire you and what you are doing and have absolutely no doubt that you will make your ultimate goal, be it weight loss or whatever. You are a formidable woman.  
05 Feb 13 by member: sarahsmum
@sarahsmum and Gwen, thank you so much for your kind words. You know how to make a gal's day. I wish you both every success. And mostly, just so ya know, my zest for life comes much deeper from my relationship with Christ, my Savior, so much more than my way-of-eating. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him -- even the wherewithal and will-power to be faithful to my healthy choices. 
05 Feb 13 by member: Evie1010
I agree, Evie, without Christ on my side, I have no chance...he is my rock as well as my salvation. I always knew where your inner strength came from...and therefore I admire you even more! Have a blessed day. 
05 Feb 13 by member: 2227Gwen


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