Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Skinny on Being Skinny.

Would you laugh at me if I told you my best weight loss advice came from Jessica Simpson? It's true, stop laughing. I read an article years ago where she said "All in moderation, never deny yourself the foods you love, just don't go crazy." I think it's a healthy, moderate approach and it's worked for me.

I feel like I've been talking about this ugly place called "the meantime" a lot lately. My good friend Kristen is currently in a phase of life where she's moving, looking ahead to exciting potentials for career and more. But it's a scary place to be. My brother Andrew, he's been sailing and traveling the world the last two years but is now home, planning his next move, a place unknown! And me, I'm getting married in 66 days, in the midst of planning a wedding where I'm faced with several unsettled decisions and more unknowns than I'm comfortable with. The meantime.

I've come to the conclusion though, we will always be right here, in the meantime. Any of us could easily fill in the blanks of "If only I could just ___, then I would totally ___." The grass is always greener. One day! Unrest:(

We'll always be reaching towards something else. It's how we're created - changing, moving, evolving, growing.

And in the meantime where there's anxiousness and unrest, maybe we should just call it what it is, settle in and take a deep breath. Enjoy the meantime. Or just start calling it the nicetime?

Last week, I was devouring chips and queso at Lupe's with Heather and wondered if anyone around me knew I was getting married in less than 3 months, would they think me crazy for not sticking to my birdseed diet? Heather and I talked about contentment and being happy with who and what you are but how easy it would be to get lost in the mindset of a mega freak bride crazy obsessed with rapid weight loss, terrorizing my body and emotions, not to mention my sweet fiance and family.

I told her it had been a process for me but that I've honestly accepted myself just as I am, right now. I'm healthy, I feel good, and though I do watch what I eat and think it's important to excercise daily, I'm not about to put on hold an awesome conversation over chips and queso with one of my best girlfriends just because I'm getting married. Also, have you noticed that when you feel confident about yourself and your body around your man, he can totally sense it, is drawn in and there is harmony amongst you both? Ahhhh, yeeeah.

I pray we can continue (or start) to look in the mirror and get excited about the beautiful woman God so beautifully created. I want to be more concerned with my quality of life and confidence than the quantity of numbers on a scale. What do you think?

11 comments:

Keri said...

I seriously needed to read this today. The weight thing is always a mental battle for me, but more than that, my whole entire life feels unsettled right now. Thank you for the reminder to rest right where God has me. And, you are right, there is nothing in the whole world better than a chat with a girlfriend over chips and queso!!!

heather hub said...

great blog lizzzzy. you are beautiful the way you are. and confidence really is the most attractive quality one can possess. F the scale.

Casey said...

thank you so much for this post!! I needed to read it. I to go back and forth between loving me and hating the me in the mirror. Thanks for sharing your great thoughts. I sure hope I remember them, and promise to come back and read this again when i feel it slipping away.

thank you!

stacyaluthi said...

That was so well put. By your writing I can tell something is different inside of you. Your blog post have been AWESOME and Impacting. Don't get me wrong, they have always been impacting and Amazing. Just your genre is changing. I LIKE IT!!!! (Please don't take this the wrong way)

Thanks for everything Liz.
This post touched my heart.

Have you been doing the study on the LPM Blog?

Stacy

tiffany said...

I say throw out the scale. I never use them. Just be "your" version of healthy, aka what works for you. I agree, eat in moderation and don't deny yourself things that make you happy. Life would be so bland without treats that make you smile. Live in the present or your life will pass you by before you know what happened. Every day is a blessing. As the old expression goes, live every day as if it were your last!

tiffany said...

I say throw out the scale. I never use them. Just be "your" version of healthy, aka what works for you. I agree, eat in moderation and don't deny yourself things that make you happy. Life would be so bland without treats that make you smile. Live in the present or your life will pass you by before you know what happened. Every day is a blessing. As the old expression goes, live every day as if it were your last!

Stephanie said...

DUDE! Have you read Beth Moore's new book "So Long Insecurity?" She talks about your prominent false positive- the thing you think will give you security. Why is that almost weight for us girls?

VaneRV said...

Hey there,

strange thing, I wrote about this (in spanish) this weekend. My approach was that I wasn´t doing a great job getting the "bridal glow", but after a tedious spa day I realized that my glow came from the inside. Right now I´m hungry, tired and don´t want to eat those damn crackers that taste like nothing.

Good thing you feel good about yourself! greetings from Paraguay!

Hannah B said...

I recently read a great book called, "In the Meantime" by Rob Brendel. Great motivation for times in our lives where we are "in the meantime."

heather hub said...

will you start blogging again please? thanks.

Miss Carmel said...

i totally agree gal, we were all beautifully and wonderfully made the way we are:)