I started out slowly. Right around Christmas I started thinking about it. I started to try to make more health conscious choices....I moved slowly. A few days before New Years and I was rolling. So here I sit. It's the sixth day of the new year and I feel strong. I feel alive. I feel empowered.
Why? Yes, I struggled again last night with the overwhelming loneliness and the utter sadness that just ripped through my soul. But yet I feel empowered. Isn't that a weird dichotomy? I however DO understand where this feeling of empowerment comes from.
I've talked many times about how I KNOW that I have a food addiction. I struggle with this need to feel that 'high' from the most awesome tasting food. I want that. It's a really hard addiction to conquer because I can't just remove myself from a situation in which I may be confronted with my vice (IE stay out of bars if I"m an alcoholic) No, I'm forced to confront my addiction three times a day. Each and every meal I have to stare my addiction in the face and say "SCRAM....I'm not falling prey to your tempting pull". And sadly enough for the last year I have allowed my food addiction to win quite a few times.
However, after only 6 or 8 days into being back on track and actually having control, I feel empowered. I have been battling this addiction and in the last 6-8 days I've won! I know that I will battle it for the rest of my life....but I'm in awe of the feeling of empowerment that flows through me just knowing that I've stared it in the face and I've won just for these few days. Yes, it IS a huge victory. But being in control is the best feeling in the world! Do I still want to eat bad stuff and lots of it? Yes...I'm an addict. But Being in control tastes better than the high that food gives...and you know what? It lasts longer too!
Control.....Control.....Control.......this is the one area of my life that I CAN control. And you know what? It feels damn good!
Went out for a walk again this morning. 1 hour down! :-) It was cold again, but we just bundled up!
Mile Marker on the C&O Canal on the segment that we walked today.
Bundling up. Yes, I wear a hat with flaps....it's SOOOOO toasty warm!