"If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking." ~Buddhist Saying
When I first started my weight loss journey, I often thought about food as "good" or "bad." It's kind of silly, actually - since food is usually measured in calories. What makes a calorie "good" or "bad?" Well, nothing really. A calorie is just a science term.
And just how many calories of one thing makes something good or bad anyway? My answer used to be: when I start to feel guilty about it.
These days, I've realized that I've shed that mentality. I've had a constant supply of chocolate in our house since I moved in - almost a year ago. Guess how many times I've binged on them? ZERO.
So clearly, I've learned that food isn't inherantly good or bad.
And yet, I'm struggling with letting go of labeling myself on my journey as either doing good or bad.
Gained weight? BAD. Lost weight but not as much as I'd liked? BAD. Clothes getting baggier? GOOD. Worked out today? GOOD.
I'm not talking about healthy pride in doing something that makes your body feel great. I'm talking about making the label of good or bad to be a core of your identity - if only for the day.
The thing is, I need to realize that my path to success has many glitches in it. There may be many times where I ask myself if I'll ever get to my ideal weight. Those times, I get discouraged and downtrodden thinking that I'll never be as successful as the people that do extreme dieting.
But then I come across something that reminds me that as long as I'm on the right path, and I put one foot in front of the other, I WILL get there.
It's not a race.
As long as I have the intestinal fortitude to keep on going, it's all good.