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In honor of the 4th of July, Independence Day, I thought I would share “Step #32” from my book, All Is Forgiven, Move On: Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville, as it is speaks to freedom and independence!
Step 32 – Ride the Freedom Train
excerpt from All Is Forgiven, Move On
Have you ever imagined waking up one fine day, happily and mysteriously naturally thin? I’ve always wanted to wake up naturally thin, so that I could eat whatever I wanted. I thought freedom equaled eating with complete abandon. I hadn’t considered that freedom might mean that I would be free of cravings or free from obsessing about food.
Portion control? Toss that baby out the window, please! (Like that fabulous movie with Meryl Streep and Albert Books, Defending Your Life – unlimited spaghetti, no bloat, no weight gain). Yes, the state of ‘freedom’ would be an ever-flowing banquet of pasta, freshly grated cheese, and plenty o’ sauce, garlic bread (minus the bad breath), wine, and chocolate desserts of all kinds.
I thought that freedom equaled no consequences. No excess rolls of fat, no high cholesterol, no clogged arteries, no risk of diabetes, no back pain, no bad skin or lackluster hair. Just plain bliss. Bring on those platters!
However, after permanently removing over 50 pounds, I learned that freedom was, in fact, not about gluttony, but about something else entirely!
WHAT IS FREEDOM?
Freedom is about our capacity to act consciously, in a well-balanced manner.
Oddly enough, freedom comes from leading a balanced and structured life. Freedom flows freely when we plan our meals, plan our time, and yes, freedom even comes from counting and measuring our food.
When you plan, weigh, measure and count your food, then you are free of guilt, free of self-sabotage and self-punishment. No longer filled with food thoughts, you are free to think about something else. You are free to move forward, toward your compelling future.
You only have a certain amount of time and energy to expend in one day. Why not utilize it to fuel your body and spirit healthfully, without regret?
Unlimited amounts of sugar-coated, fat-laden foods, whether we were to wake up naturally thin or not, just won’t cut it.
Create structure, have a plan, and make healthy choices. Independence Day is the day that you joyfully take responsibility for your life and your food.
Spread the word … NOT the icing!
Janice

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