You find yourself sitting there, a box of cookies in your lap, an empty bag of chips at your feet, a gallon of ice cream half gone. And you wonder, “What happened to my desire to lose weight? What happened to me?”
You might ask yourself where you went wrong, how you cracked, or how you ended up on this eating binge. “Why didn’t I say no?” you question. “Why couldn’t I just walk away? Why wasn’t I stronger?”
The reason, simply and honestly, is that you didn’t want to be strong…because perhaps you no longer believe in your own strength.
Sometimes we let life beat us down. Our day-to-day activities take away much of what is intrinsically “us” at the core. It is our core that is vibrant, strong, healthy, full of life, love and passion. Sometimes our core beings get buried, though, and we forget who we are, and mostly – how strong we are.
So take a moment to look back at your life. Think of all the things you DID do. Maybe you’ve survived a serious childhood illness, lost a beloved pet, overcome your first heartbreak, aced a test you thought you’d fail, or finished college while working full-time. Maybe you’ve experienced a firing or a layoff, carried and borne children, gone through an ugly divorce, lost a parent or a spouse, received an unexpected promotion, walked away from a car accident, or found your soul mate. Possibly you’ve excelled at a sport, learned a new hobby, survived a surgery, or cried with happiness at your child’s graduation.
Grab that little moment and reflect on your loves and losses. Maybe even make a list of what you’ve overcome and what you’ve accomplished. Then look at the cookies – directly into their beady, evil (yummy) chocolate chip eyes – and ask yourself, “I did all of that and I can’t do this? I can’t say ‘no, not right now?’ I can’t lose weight? Really???”
Answer that question to yourself. If you can remember the feelings of empowerment or the relief after surviving something traumatic you will realize that you can say no…that you really are as strong and capable now as you were then.
And you’ve got the power again, baby. Game on.
Onward and forward.