A good friend asked me a couple of days ago if I am happier now that I have lost the weight. My answer was immediate.
I explained that I never let my size determine my level of happiness. I have always generally been a positive person and, whether I see 266 or 142 on the scale, I won’t ever let a number define my outlook on life.
That being said, I went on to share that what is different is that I have less to worry about now. I don’t stress out when I have to look for clothes. I no longer fear not being able to keep up with others. I am not scared that I will drop dead of a heart attack.
There is a lot that has been relieved from my shoulders as the weight has come off. I no longer feel weighed down in either a physical or a mental sense. And, of course, the emotions that have been able to show more clearly with such burdens removed are bound to be noticeable.
My friend summed up my feelings on this nicely. He said that dropping the weight has allowed my happiness to shine through more. I think that is quite apt.
Personally, I have always believed that we are the creators of our own level of peace and contentment. Life can get in the way and there are many trials to face as we move from one moment to the next, but ultimately we are in control of how we respond. We are the architects of our own happiness. Whether we build up great monuments to the cause or choose to tend only to tiny shacks we shouldn’t let something like our weight determine how much light we let into the place we dwell.
FOOD & BEVERAGES:
- 8 glasses of water
- 1 pan-fried banana and light peanut butter wrap on a soft tortilla shell
- 1 mug butterscotch steamed skim milk
- 4 cups salad with deli ham, grated cheese, lettuce, tomato, green pepper, onion, black olives, and honey mustard dressing
- 3/4 cup fat free strawberry yogurt with 3/4 cup Multigrains cereal
- 1 1/2 cups heated tuna salad with grated cheese, grated zucchini, onion, mushrooms, fat free Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 1 cranberry almond multi-grain bar
- 1 3/4 cups strawberries
- 55 minutes of rowing a dragon boat