“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.”
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
It’s all about last Christmas holiday. We went to the south of Spain and, apart from sleeping whenever I felt like it, there was also quite a lot of waking involved; up the hill walking. Eek!
I work a full-time job, which immediately suggests “the least mobile job” one can ever have.
I am not very consistent with my exercise routine. I LOVE food; sweet (chocolate) and savoury (pasta and meat). My thyroid is bone lazy.
It seems like every aspect of my life goes against me and conspires to my weight gain.
I’m only 1.58m (5’2’’) and “managed” to reach 110 Kg. To say that I am ashamed of myself is an understatement! There has been a lot of “kicking myself” in the process of reaching this weight, and still, I let it get to this.
If you are “over-over-overweight” (you know, like in the clothes labels?), or if you’re “over-overweight”, or just overweight, you know what it feels like.
Please note that how overweight you are doesn’t really matter here. The point here is “any amount of over” that makes you feel uncomfortable, that makes you feel down, and that keeps you from being the amazing, sociable and extroverted woman you are ~ or you know you can be.
So, how does this all relate to a trip to Spain, you may be wondering. Well, sometimes all you need to do is to acknowledge how bad the situation is ~ put all the bad cards on the table ~ so that you can start thinking about making changes to improve it. For me, my worst hand of cards regarding my health was given to me during the last holiday.
Here are some of the things I noticed. I imagine you must have had a few of these as well:
• People may have thought I was pregnant;
• Anything I had to eat – even the smallest breakfast – made me feel bloated and uncomfortable;
• I often felt breathless;
• My legs felt heavy and they ached; and so did my ankles;
• My thighs rubbed against one another, which cause a lot of discomfort;
• I felt tired all the time;
• My back ached really bad; well, no wonder: imagine having to balance huge boobs, a big belly and a big bum…• I had to stop to sit down every 5-10 minutes;
• A few times, I could actually feel my heart beat thudding. That scared the heck out of me.
So, I am looking forward to our challenge, where we’ll use some of the principles of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to learn more about ourselves and our values, so we can set our weight loss goals and use some inner motivation to succeed.
Do you want to make 2018 the year you become a better version of yourself, setting your weight loss based on your values?
I’d love it if you would join us in the “Write your weight off” 6-day challenge. It will happen in our Facebook group, and you can find more info and sign up for free by clicking on the image below.
So, what do you say?
Are you in? 😉