Hi everyone! Wow. I don’t quite know where to start. This month has been a crazy roller coaster ride, since I last shared with you in my “a different kind of makeover post” about the journey I am on to better health.
First, we FINALLY sold our home! It’s been a long, up and down, year for our family as we waited out the horrible housing market. We are so pleased to have such a wonderful family moving into our house and neighborhood, but it was so very hard to say goodbye….
…and we will miss our Kentucky friends terribly.
God truly orchestrated every detail of our sale and move and we are now settled into our new house in Georgia. I’m not calling it a “home” quite yet, but our new house is slowly becoming “ours.”
Needless to say, it’s events like this that can throw off even the best laid plans of dieters and weight lossers er… weight losers?? It’s so easy to exuberantly dive head first into weight loss on good days when our lives are consistent, it’s another story when we are stressed and our lives are turned upside down.
I’ve learned throughout this last month that STRESS is most definitely, without a doubt my number one trigger. I found myself standing quite often in front of the refrigerator opening and closing and opening and closing the door. Thankfully I had eliminated all of my trigger foods from the house, so each opening of the refrigerator door revealed what I already knew, even if my mind didn’t fully grasp it yet..there were no banned foods in the house.
I’m proud to share that I managed to stay on my plan through all of the craziness and am now down
28 1/2 pounds!!
I am so excited and motivated to keep going.
This month had me doing a lot of self evaluation: “Why do I eat when I’m not hungry? Can I still love food so much and appreciate culinary experiences without stuffing myself on everything in sight? Can I make the life long changes necessary to maintain my weight loss after I reach my goal weight? Do I have the necessary discipline in me to maintain this for life?”
What I am going through is so much more than a “physical change” and trust me there definitely has been a physical change. My husband gave me a big hug yesterday and said he could “feel” how much I had lost…and boy that’s incentive to keep going! grin! BUT even more importantly, and often painful, are the “spiritual and emotional changes” I am experiencing.
We all know that overeating, like most addictions, camouflage other issues. Often deep seated issues of pain and insecurity. As the pounds fall away so do the layers of defense, the layers that we relied on to protect ourselves from hurts.
I’m excited to see what the next few months have in store! I’m ready to get back to Blogging and DIYing and Decorating and Recipe Creating…I’ve got some great new recipes to share with you all that work with my plan. Next week I’ll be sharing BEFORE pictures of my new house and my plans for it.
I also know that I owe several of you replies from the dozens of sweet, heart wrenching and transparent emails I received last month and I promise I’m working through them. My internet has been very limited these last few weeks so please forgive me and if I owe you an email please feel free to remind me and I’ll get back with you ASAP! If you would like specific information about the program I am on, please feel free to contact me on my Facebook page, or by email: thepattersonfour (at) gmail.com I am so happy to be back to blogging and that our lives are settling down. I am also so happy to have our family back together again! I’m so excited to see what adventures are in store for us in Georgia!
God is so good…all of the time! See you back here soon…at the picket fence!
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