Small things as BIG things
I am interrupting my Weight Loss Purpose Statement project for an insight I had over the weekend. I am still giving lots of thought to it because I believe it is a very important thing I am doing for myself. Thanks to those of you that have contacted me. I appreciate it very much. You’ve helped me with your insights and suggestions. The messages of support – THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
I had a great, great weekend. We didn’t “do” anything like go to an amusement park or go on vacation. We stayed at home, the weather was bad so the boys were home without friends. It was just us. It was a weekend that I’ll treasure. Staying home, bad weather doesn’t sound like a fabulous time but it was.
As a family, we watched movies – together! My older son is really into Taekwondo and the next level is to get his black belt. We watched Karate Kid and both of my sons loved it. I’d seen it years ago but watching it again and with them was very special. We watched another movie about an Olympic skier that was paralyzed (part 1 and part 2 of the movie), reinvented herself and created a wonderful life for herself. We watched a couple of others. Being together and watching the inspirational movies that we did was a very special thing for me. My heart is so full!!
Interesting thing – sometimes the unstructured time of the weekends are difficult for me regarding my food choices. When I’m in my normal routine, I do much better and my food choices are easier. The weekends though aren’t quite as easy. Going places, doing things, eating at restaurants or grabbing something, etc., prevent challenges for me. Ever since I was a teenager, convenience stores and fast (JUNK) food were my thing. Unfortunately, still are. 7/11’s are landmines for me (strange, huh??) with all the junk, snacky food. Since having surgery, I do better but not 100% over the screamfest that occurs in my head going to a convenience store or eating out.
However, being together with my family as we were this weekend created no head hunger. Hmmm! Not that I needed validation that I am an emotional (usually bored) eater, but this weekend showed me a lot. We spend lots of time together but usually running errands, doing things, but it was different this weekend. Food was such a non-issue. All of us, even my self-absorbed with his hair teenage son, commented on it being one of the best weekends we’ve had in awhile. I loved it!!
I need, and I believe most emotional eaters, need to be very aware of what fills their heart. For me, it is being with my family, having quality time with them like we had this weekend, doing things that I enjoy and mean a lot to me. I know this sounds simple but, to me, the key to success in weight loss surgery and life in general, is do things that fill your heart. If we fill our hearts, we don’t fill ourselves with emotional eating.
Fill your heart today!
Believe In Yourself,
Cathy, ACC-ICF, CLC
Certified Life Coach, Weight Loss Surgery Coach
Certified Back On Track Facilitator