I have just returned from a glorious vacation with my Love. Celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary has been a whirlwind of memories and laughter. Collage posters of old pics and new remind me of how I looked back then and now.
The interesting thing: I remember how I felt about myself back then and how I feel now. Separating body image from self-image is something that I highly recommend. I am not exactly sure how or when it happened but one day, only a year or two ago, I looked in the mirror and who I am was different than what my body looked like. I encourage anyone with any "body issues or eating issues" to take a moment to consider that you (who you are on the inside) are not only the sum of how you look in the mirror. I didn't see that back then. All I saw were the flaws in my body when I looked in the mirror. I see that 20-something girl and wish she knew how beautiful she was - inside and out.
I am a part of a weight loss challenge at my local gym right now. We are broken up into teams. My team is called "Courageous". Each of us is significantly overweight and so we have a long way to go. We have different challenges in our lives that tempt us to stray (in actions or attitude) from our desire to become the fit, strong, healthy women God designed us to be. However, each of us take turns reminding each other to be "Courageous".
It takes TIME to work through the "gunk" that got us to where we are right now.
It takes ENERGY to get to the gym to get the exercise we know our bodies need.
It takes STAMINA to keep up the hard work when we get sick, go on vacation, get stressed or tired, and feel like caving in to the moment.
We know this is a journey. One day at a time we have to focus on our goal, encourage each other and keep up a steady pace toward the finish line.
Courage means "the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc. without fear; bravery."
Courageous means possessing or characterized by courage.
The opposite of courage - cowardice.
We want to be courageous as we approach this challenge that many of us have been struggling with for over 20 years.
We are keeping up the good hard work - TOGETHER.
And someday, I will look back on the pictures taken this summer and the ones taken so many summers before and see a courageous woman who took on a big challenge and saw it through all the way to the end.
May you be blessed and I pray, find dear ones to join you on your journey.