Today was one of those incredible South Florida breezy June mornings. I took a long walk along the beach and was in total awe of the magnificence of the sea. With each step, I could give thanks for all my blessings that continue to flow into my life.
Life did not always fill me with gratitude.
I recall a time when walking was so difficult for me. Once upon a time my inner thighs rubbed together causing blisters because my weight was nearly 100 pounds more than my body could handle.
This seems so long ago, yet I remember it well.
Often patients seeking weight loss help or to recover from an eating disorder they feel hopeless. The journey seems too far—too long of a struggle to get over to the other side.
Some feel it’s not possible at all.
So many took the same health journey I took and they feel they’ve got their life back. They are free from the food grip, not to mention the poor body image. If you struggle, know that you are not alone. There’s hope and help. Reach out for guidance.
This very spot on the beach brings back so many memories. I have been walking on this very beach for nearly fifty years. I remember the first time when I was barely 13 years of age. It was the beginning of my preoccupation with food.
I thought I just did not have “will” power.
Now I realize it had nothing to do with willpower and everything to do with a chemical imbalance. I did not know back then that I could not tolerate sugar, flour, and wheat.
All I knew was that I had uncontrollable cravings and never seemed to fill up. I thought there was something wrong with me because I had no control over my food.
Today, my feet embraced the warmth of the soft sand and cool water as it lapped up to my ankles. I felt free. Free from the pain that comes from actively eating addictive foods.
I am in such a different frame of mind compared to those yester-years.
Every day, I practice active recovery from food addiction. I eat my three balanced meals at the same time each day and a half-meal, and I am good. I need nothing more or less. My body can operate at an optimal level, and I completely wiped away all guilt and shame.
My body is of a “normal” weight, and on and off dieting is no longer a part of my life.
Instead, I adopt a healthy lifestyle, which includes walking, biking, meditating, playing, praying, eating healthy “real” foods, and trying to stay spiritually balanced.
Today was one of those incredible days that you wish you could bottle up and have it forever. I am grateful and thankful for the beach today, and to walk with no strain. I am blessed with a healthy body and a healthy mind.
Life is good! I am thankful…
What are you grateful for? What changes do you need to put forth? What would it be like for you to be your best self?
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