THEN AND NOW
OMGosh! In junior high I was the awkward, not very thin girl who stayed that way until my sophomore year. (I won't go in to how I became thin back then-you can only imagine and relate I'm sure), but my Mom was always skinny. Up until maybe mid-thirties, then she started gaining. About the time I hit junior high. My mom is very heavy now and has been for the last 20 years. Prior to that she did those mid life diets whenever she got down about her weight. Remember the shake diets in the 80's? When they scooped this powder stuff out into a glass of water or milk or something-I don't know what she actually did. Then there was the grapefruit diet thing, the dexatrim diet thing and the whole "I just won't eat" diet thing. I love my mom, but as I look back I never remember her exercising. And I always remember her telling me that since she was thin growing up and into her mid life that it didn't really matter anymore if she gained.
My journey of weight loss is not only about the physical but the emotional and spiritual and the mental. Is this subliminally why I don't feel the need to exercise even though I know it's important. I view exercise as a chore I don't like to do. And is the reason I've kept myself heavy for so long based on the proverbial "It's what's on the inside that counts" message I grew up with?
Do you think your upbringing has influenced your healthy, or lack of healthy, lifestyle? I'm not blaming my Mom-I don't go down that road. We are our own persons to make our own decisions, but I think I was influenced. Which scares me because I know it wasn't done intentionally, but what message am I unintentionally sending my daughter about a healthy lifestyle?
Make one good choice today, it can lead to another! God Bless- Kara Lea