“It’s good to have hope…”
I think a little bud is forming; a tiny sprout of hope is growing in me. Now, I’m not the touchy-feely type, but I’m telling you, I can feel this, I can feel the hope that life is getting better – that I am gaining control again. I figured I’d eventually get back into the positive swing of things, but now, I have hope – a sure, certain feeling that things are getting better, that my heart and mind are shifting toward a better path. And with that bud of hope – my focus to become a healthier human being is returning.
Hope is HUGE! For many people dealing with obesity, the biggest issue is not which diet to choose, or which workout will be the most effective to remove that wiggly part of fat on our body. It’s about the head, the heart, and a feeling called “Hope.”
According to biology and physiology, weight loss is a matter of calories in and calories out. Eat sensibly, get out and move your body, burn more calories than you take in and the weight will come off.
If only biology was our sole obstacle. If only we could bypass all the crap that runs around in our mind, clouding our thinking, ruining our resolve, dragging us back to destructive habits, hindering our HOPE. I’ve been around the block when it comes to losing significant amounts of weight. And it is my opinion that the biggest issue with weight loss is not just about biology, but what is going on in our heart and with our mind.
The most important product of my heart and mind has to be HOPE, a inner feeling that things are getting better, that I have the strength to change habits, to make better choices. It’s a feeling that there is a better solution to the issues which make me turn to food for solace. Emotional eaters like me need new habits, new solutions to life’s complexities, a glimmer of “hope” that things will get better.
It’s good to have hope. It’s good to have my head and heart getting healthy, because I know the rest of my body will surely follow.
Hope means something good is starting!
On to some GOOD FOOD talk. I am becoming enamored with grapes. Our local Hy-Vee Registered Dietician, April Graff, is always pointing us to new and interesting grape varieties. Last week it was “Witches Fingers” grapes, which have an interesting shape and a wonderful flavor. The week before it was “Cotton Candy” grapes – which smell and taste like its name sake. And best of all, grapes have a NuVal Score of 91 – which make them NuVal-iscious in my book.
Here’s to hope!!
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