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?