Let’s talk about weight.
I know. Who wants to discuss this issue? The deal is, I have struggled with removing 25 pounds for years. The scale would frighten me; then I’d lose a few pounds. Then I hit some magic repeat button. The cycle is aggravating.
How did I gain this unwanted weight? In 2001, I had a run-in with my manic side and had to utilize medication for my mental health. A side effect of this medication is weight gain. Within six short weeks, I gained 25 pounds. For some mysterious reason, the people who put together drugs to help those dealing with a mental illness, haven’t figured out how to create one that alleviates this side problem. I assume they don’t realize self-image plays a role in negative thoughts.
As I battle this challenge like a bull aimed for a red flag, I maintain my thoughts to stay positive. If I remain focused on Jesus and remember myself as the beautiful soul He loves, I will be able to handle this self-image dialogue I have in my head. When I close my eyes and see myself as Jesus sees me, I am free. The challenge returns to weight loss and healthy living-physical health and mental health, not negative thinking.
I am not a sensitive person, but I see the challenge in this delicate subject reflected in many women’s eyes. I want those women to know you are loved just as you, and please never forget that. We feel a sting in our challenge with weight, but we don’t have to live in a reaction. Let’s encourage one another in acceptance and love.
(by the way, I’ve lost 10 pounds this summer. Go me!)
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