Yesterday we had a nice family time. We went to church, then came home and hung out for a while. We went swimming and then had a nice meal of barbecue chicken, corn on the cob, canteloupe and then we made a few s’mores in our backyard fire pit. I happily ate one and quit. The little boys enjoyed their s’mores a lot as you can see.
When we were eating dinner I thought about how far I have come in my attitudes and relationships with food. All those years ago I honestly believed that I was trapped. Not only trapped in my layers of fat, but trapped into my food choices. Thinking on 4th of July and what it represents to America made me think of freedom.
We are all free to eat whatever we choose, but the freedom for me comes in realizing I am not longer beholden to certain foods. I can say no, make a different choice and not spend hours and hours obsessing over whether or not I made the right choice.
I have to clarify though – this feeling of freedom has been a long time in coming, and I am NOT perfect. It was years before I really felt like I had sufficient self-control to have some chocolate in the house, and more years before I really believed that my new lifestyle was embedded in the core of my being.
I don’t give you those “years” numbers as a means of depressing you-rather I give you those numbers to impress on you that it really is a lifetime journey. At least for me it is. Successfully maintaining your weight loss is about choices and freedom. Yes, you have the freedom to make bad choices, but you also have the freedom to make the right choices. Will you always make the best choice? Probably not. But that’s okay – because living a life of freedom in food means not being in bondage to your past decisions or feelings about food.