I wanted to get this out before Christmas. I did not not get on the scale again so, no update there. Frankly, there shouldn’t be. We are on the road for the Christmas Season and with it comes the trials and tribulations of smiles, road rage, other peoples schedules and the joy of being around kids and grandkids – watching them all together.
It is a time for me to be a little indulgent and very vigilant. It is a time for “C’mon have something to drink.” “You have to have something to eat.” “The food is going to go to waste.” “Think of all the starving children around the world.”
I never quite understood how my jamming fourteen pounds of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce in my mouth would ease the suffering of those starving in the world. This is not a time to argue, however, and so we join in the festivities, but this year I would like to encourage everyone to join in in your own way and be empowered to say NO for our own good.
We don’t have to eat everything put in front of us everywhere we go. They may not be happy with us, but perhaps it is more important to be happy with ourselves on the way home. I am not going to make this long and drawn out today but I would like to give everyone an idea concerning where the obesity epidemic began.
When we were young our body needed a huge amount of calories to fuel a machine which was in production and constant motion. Food is fuel and when we are young and building bones and muscle and brain cells we need a lot of food. This continues until we are around twenty five. At about this time our body is almost completely designed. It is finished being built. Food is still fuel but we don’t need as much. Few of us realize this very important fact and continue to supply an over abundance of parts to machine. Our body has moved from the building phase to the maintenance phase. We still operate in the production phase often with too many donuts and not enough books or exercise to paraphrase Jim Rohn once again. We keep eating more calories than the maintenance of our body requires. I hope this makes sense, especially during the holidays.
I will be back home next week and I will update you on how I made out. I want to hear how everyone is doing. Contact me and let me know! The first few days have gone well for me. NO is hard on the people we love and it is also hard to say when we really want to please people. I promised myself to do the impossible this year. I want to return home feeling good and happy to have seen family and friends. But I also want to give myself the gift of doing what I know is good for me. I have all my patches with me and am giving some as presents for Christmas. They are designed to help fuel and adjust the machine I walk around in. I am experiencing new energy, but also resolve. I hope each and every one of you enjoy your Christmas and that everyone returns home blessed and ready to face a new year.
There is wonder in each child’s eyes and hope in many hearts. We hope and pray each of us carries that childhood wonder and joy throughout the new year and whatever challenges you face seem small and insignificant as you realize how many you love and that you are loved.
REMEMBER: ‘NO’ DOESN’T HURT.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and may God bless all of us in every way.
~ By Tommie Weber