I can feel my body buzzing. From what I wonder? I don’t drink coffee or eat sugary sweets, at least not in the morning. But this buzz. It’s tangible and strong.
I feel like I’m getting charged up. Moving into a space I haven’t been before. So that alone makes it hard to describe, right? How can you describe something that you have no previous experience with? I don’t think you can. But my mind wants to. My mind wants to define it and know everything about it. What is it? How long until I see what the change is? What do I need to do to take full advantage of this change? It’s like a young child waiting for Christmas morning. The need to know is mind-boggling.
And I guess that’s the crux of it right there.
It had been a tough morning and the day never improved. Jenny had arrived late to work having spent too much time trying to get her hair just right.
“Damn it” she yelled as she slammed the hairdryer onto the vanity.
“Why do I have to deal with this every single day? Why can’t I have hair that just does what I tell it?”
Even before she had opened her eyes the day started going downhill. Jenny started thinking about her weight.
What was the scale going to say this morning?
Life is interesting. We’re presented with so many ups and downs, good days and bad days.
I tend to have challenging days and a lack of patience is my biggest challenge. I can screw up a perfectly good day by being impatient. With the help of my husband, I’ve started to come to terms with being patient mainly because he’s impatient with my impatience.
When I was in my early twenties, I went on my first diet. I did it to support a friend and I ended up losing twenty plus pounds. That in itself didn’t start my dieting career though. It was the comment I received after the weight loss from a male acquaintance who I thought was a demi-god. He said I looked hot. And that’s how dieting became my new best friend.
How could that one statement have impacted me so? How could this one comment keep me dieting for the next 40 years? Let’s take a look, because that’s exactly what happened.
I’m a chocolate lover.
I like the bitter, melt in your mouth sensation that comes with the perfect piece of dark chocolate. It reminds me of a cup of Parisian hot chocolate.
There are any number of delicious chocolate bar manufacturers, but my favorite comes from Iceland.
When my husband and I decided to visit Iceland a few years ago, a tour of the chocolate factory was on our list. I won’t go so far as to say that’s the reason we went to Iceland, but I won’t deny it either.
On April 1st we have a new moon in Aries and since a new moon means the sun and the moon are together in the sky, the sun is also in Aries signifying an astrological new year. All of this is to say that we have new beginnings showing up all over the place.
My Aries birthday was this past weekend. I turned sixty-nine. Sixty-nine years of experience. Some of my experiences I wouldn’t wish on anyone, but some have been incredibly beautiful. I really feel like anyone who grew up in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s deserves a medal and anyone who made it through the 80’s with their hair intact definitely deserves an award of some kind. I try not to dwell.
Do you remember the time in 1988 when Oprah Winfrey lost weight, and in her tiny body trapped in some very tight jeans, pulled a wagon full of fat onto the stage of her show?
The fat in the wagon represented the 67 pounds of fat she had dieted off her body. If you weren’t about to barf at the sight of a wagon full of fat, then you were probably pretty amazed. But it’s what happened next that got my attention.
Have you ever thought about how contracted and single focused a weight loss diet is? While they lead you to believe they are here to help you, the truth is the only thing they’re capable of doing is making you and your body feel miserable.
In order for you to allow a diet into your life, it first has to convince you that something is wrong with you. Is there? Was there something wrong with you before the diet told you there was?
In my article “Are You Accidentally Gaining Weight” I wrote about weight loss diets and how I believe they fail women. If you and I were sitting across from each other having a conversation, you would be able to see how truly passionate I am about this topic.
I’m passionate because I believe it’s time for women to re-evaluate how we think about our bodies. I want us to accept ourselves as we are whether we’re short, tall, thin, fat, whatever.