I think I have “reset” myself on this journey about 5016 times…this month. Okay maybe these past 4 years. I am happy with the fact that I do indeed have the desire and the drive to reset. I am grateful for the strength I find in the Lord, to not just chuck everything and dive into a carb filled pool of deliciousness for the rest of my life. Sometimes I even entertain the thought of just giving up and eating what I want and quitting the healthy rollercoaster ride. Just when I feel like I’ve got things under control and I have changed my thinking and relationship with food, ABRACADABRA…something happens. I know this is something I need to figure out and I’m honestly trying.
I definitely have always had issues with depression and anxiety. I take medication and feel okay most of the time. Prayer has helped immensely with this struggle. I think that if I am going to blog, I have to blog the good and the bad. I have to share my HONEST experience not just the healthy recipes and victories. So here goes, I fell off the wagon. Actually, I think the wagon jerked to a stop, slung me out in front of it and then ran over me. Do wagons have reverse? If so, I may have been backed over too. I had a family member diagnosed with cancer…again. I thought I handled it well. I prayed, I focused on the positive, I said all of the right things to myself. However, on the inside I think, it hit me harder. It brought up thoughts of another family member’s diagnosis last year, and all of the emotions of that time. Depression lessens my will to resist carbs. For the past several weeks I have been indulging in things I hadn’t eaten in months. Things I know better than eating. I pushed through the dumping and got to the point where sugar didn’t get to me or at least I didn’t physically feel awful when I ate it.
On Saturday night, I realized I was really struggling. I gave myself a pep talk, I prayed and decided I had to fix this. On Sunday I heard the best possible message preached for my state of mind. So, guess what? RESET…again. Yesterday went pretty well. Today is more of a struggle but, I’m doing fine. I do admit though, I am craving those foods I am pushing out. I know that if I can get through a couple of weeks, the worn out, headachey (yep headachey), feelings of withdrawl and cravings will go away. I just need to actually DO THIS for 2 weeks. I think that now that I am fully aware of what was in the back of my mind and focused on it, I will be okay. If not, I’ll be honest about that too.
That was the bad news. The good news is I know that my God is bigger than the problems in my head. The other good news is that my Big Guy and I actually were able to go on a very unexpected mini getaway weekend before last. Left Saturday morning and came home Monday afternoon. We hit a lot of coastal towns in that short time frame. It was our first getaway without the kids in 2 years. We were in need of a little couple time. We had beautiful weather, gorgeous beaches, antique shops (yes, I’m 80 yrs old at heart), time to relax together and reconnect. Despite my humidty hair, it was an amazing weekend that almost didn’t happen. First I didn’t want to ask for time off on such short notice. Then we didn’t know what to do with the kids. Thank you to my Noodle for being an awesome big sister and watching the Bee and the Monster Boy for us. Last, it was our month to serve as greeter’s at church so I felt super guilty calling people last minute and asking them to cover us. It all worked out and we had the help of some really gracious people who encouraged us to go and enjoy ourselves.
I’ll end it with this, I’m grateful that I have an amazing Big Guy who supports me and encourages me. I have good friends who care and listen when I need to be insane for a moment. I have healthy, amazing, pain in the rear, kids who I love to pieces. I have a family who are a blessing. I have a God who makes ALL THINGS POSSIBLE. Even things like helping me overcome my self defeating thoughts and internal dialogue. I am blessed beyond measure and need to focus on that and not setbacks.
Hope you are having a wonderful week. If you are interested in the current message series that I have been talking about, please leave a comment or message me. I will get you the links for our church website. Changing our thoughts is difficult, NOT impossible.
Take one small step and focus on a way to be kind to yourself at least once a day this week. These little steps add up.