It’s difficult to erase years of conditioning – but now at age 54, I’m learning an important truth: SELF-CARE IS NOT SELFISH. It’s not a sin to take care of this one and only body that God gave me! There is a difference between taking care of yourself and being completely wrapped up in your own needs while excluding others.
I think a lot of baby boomers struggle with this same issue. We were raised in church and learned that everybody’s needs come before our own. To a degree I guess that’s true, but I’ve finally learned that you cannot care for anyone until you care for yourself.
Winning at weight loss taught me that I have control over my looks and my life. – Diane Gurden
With 12 pounds gone comes less body fat and yes, more confidence, I am still not comfortable with the idea of control – I want to always be careful to give God the glory for any of my successes. Left to my own devices, I might fail – but when I give Him the glory, I remember to lean fully on His love and power – and especially His wisdom, which hello – is better than mine!
An important lesson I’ve learned is that carbohydrates matter. It’s not only about the grams of sugar in food – in fact, I’ve eaten more fruit lately than snack crackers. Even though fruit has natural sugar, it is just that – natural. It counts, of course – but carbohydrates do more damage than natural sugar.
These days I do not use the word CAN’T. I never say I can’t eat (fill in the blank). I either say I don’t want it (if I think the nutritional price is too high) or I may eat that later – (and then don’t.) Sometimes I have to psych myself into thinking I’ll revisit a food – and make myself get involved in something else to take my mind off of it. I celebrate small victories, like when I manage to pass on a high-carbohydrate snack.
I’ve learned the importance of hydration and the early to bed advantage! Drinking enough water helps diabetes stay in check. For years I did not recognize the signs of dehydration, but now I know if I feel dizzy or weak – I probably need some water. The way to combat those late night cravings is to go to bed early – then it’s easier to get up earlier and get my workout finished first thing – what’s the second thing? COFFEE… of course! 🙂