I had intended to share with you my meal plan and shopping list for the week this past Sunday…
But then life happened. (REALLY happened).
I got busy, lost focus, was side-tracked, by LIFE. I did not do a formal meal plan; I ran to the store while doing a quick mental inventory. I grabbed what I needed and have been carrying on ever since.
There was a time when the lack of planning might have either:
A) put me in a tailspin (I’ve been expending a lot of calories and need to keep my fuel in check)
B) would have created nights of restaurants and take out menu’s for my family…which would have led to a tailspin for me 😦
As I go go go through my week, I realize I’ve learned some valuable lessons about my approach to food. I truly think of it as FUEL ~ ENERGY ~ LIFE.
However, so many of us struggle with it – the media is constantly sending a message of what this or that will do TO you. (make you fat, make you thin, shed water, retain water, burn calories as you eat – huh?!)
What about thinking about what your food choices do FOR you.
This is my mantra people – it’s how I make every choice, every day.
~LISTEN ~ to the inner voice .
~ THINK ~ about how you will feel and what you need to do your LIFE!
~ PAY ATTENTION ~ to your emotions.
Food is fuel; it is NOT a therapist!
I have done extensive (non-scientific) research on this subject as I am a girl that has struggled with eating too much or not enough for more years than I’d like to admit. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many smart people on this subject. I’ve read books, consulted nutritionists, tried this, hated that.
In the end, finding peace with food and learning how to FUEL YOUR LIFE, really does come from within.
One of the best books I have read is called “Life Without ED” by Jenni Schaefer. I read it in 2007 when I was struggling with weight loss after pregnancy. It inspired me to write my own declaration of self. I used to read it every day. I eventually didn’t need to do that. I hadn’t looked at it in a while, and just pulled it out to include in this post.
Here it is, circa 2007:
My Declaration of Self
I will love myself today – just as I am.
I love me.
I will show myself love today by nourishing my body and giving it what it needs when it asks for it.
I deserve that!
I will show me I AM ENOUGH by not engaging in negative self-talk.
I can, and I will, rise above the voice that wants to break my spirit. My spirit will not be broken today because today I choose self-love.
Today, my goal is NOT to be perfect. Today my goal is better than trying to be perfect. MY goal is to LOVE the body I HAVE at this VERY MOMENT.
The number on the scale is not important today, however, the love I have in my heart is very important.
I LOVE ME!
Today I choose courage, strength, happines and love.
I will have kindness and campassion for myself and others.
I forgive myself for the past and begin today with NO GREATER LOVE THAN ME.
It still fits, but I realize that I have grown and evolved. I am going to reflect on it this week, and then take some time to write “Declaration of Self, Part II”. I’ll share it with you when it is finished 😉
I invite you to do the same.
The quote is this:
“Women who radiate self-love and self-acceptance vaccinate our daughters from low self-esteem”
It all begins with you, NOT a shopping list 😉
I will get to the meal plan and the shopping list, I promise you that.
For now, think about your declaration. RADIATE love. You will be amazed at where your path may go.
I’m vaccinating YOU EVERY SINGLE DAY sweetheart.
~ keep marching to your own special beat sweet lil angel!
~stay true to you, do what you do~