I realize it has been awhile since I wrote on my topic for 2015, of healthy. It’s time! It isn’t exciting, but it is time!
I am getting into the habit of exercising at the gym. I was doing better, am hanging on by my fingernails, but still have the habit. We had snow and ice storms a week apart. Then I sprained my ankle while on a work day at church so had to take it easy on the foot parts of the exercise.
It’s now two weeks later. My ankle seems to be almost back to normal and seems able to handle the exercise. So I expect to get back to my three times a week model again.
Meanwhile, in terms of weight loss…I’m moving back and forth between a 2 pound range. There isn’t much movement there. I did discover that my thyroid is low again so I’m back to an old dose I was on. I’m hoping for better movement there as the thyroid gets back to normal. Losing weight when a person’s thyroid is low is like fighting against gravity!
Next step? Eating healthy breakfasts!
My next step is going to be working on good breakfasts. They need to be higher in protein to set the tone for the day. I used to be one of those people who hated breakfast. I now eat it, but I want it to be something I can do on auto pilot! My brain is pretty fuzzy in the morning. So learning a new breakfast habit will not be easy. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Developing a healthy body when it is overweight and has fallen into disrepair? It is not an easy task. My take away from this process is that I have had way too little empathy over the years for those in the middle of changing their eating habits/losing weight. The process involves a miriad of changes and habit adjustments. Those who are in the process need our love, support, prayer and empathy. I am only trying to lose 30 pounds. I can’t imagine trying to lose 100 pounds or more! It would be a mountain so high, I know I would need extra help.
Come to think of it, I need help now. And that may be a huge benefit as well. The realization that I need help, asking for it, and making use of the help. In these weight loss journeys, instead of being quiet about it, we might be wiser to ask for the support of our friends in the areas we feel the need of it. Maybe even in areas we don’t know we need help. Now that’s a thought isn’t it? It isn’t even very profound.
Why is it so difficult to ask for help?
It occurred to me, as I was looking for pictures to go with this post, that one of the problems with asking for help, particularly with white middle class americans, but certainly not limited to them, is that for many of us, we feel like asking for help is a sign of weakness. In a way it is, but it is a good sign. It shows we are aware of a weakness everyone else had already noticed!
Often, in our unhealthiness, we feel like a beggar asking for a handout when we ask for help. That is often why it is so difficult. We feel like we are putting ourselves, not only in a weak position, but one where we are destitute. We have no resources, we are out of work with no resources and are asking for a handout from others who have it all together. In terms of our relationship to GOD, that is totally true. We are the beggar with no resources.
It’s hard to ask GOD for help,
but almost impossible to ask other people!
But in terms of other people, we are all in the same boat. Before GOD, we are all destitute. Before our fellow human beings, we are all broken but we each have strengths we bring to each other. There is no one so destitute that he can’t bring something to a community to contribute something. It may be creativity, sense of humor, resourcefulness, or a hidden talent we were too busy to notice.
Those of us who are strong rarely consider that the weak can contribute something to us. When we are strong, we don’t see that we need the weak. But we do. In times of strength, we just don’t know it! We don’t find out until we are weakened…by illness, depression, grief, high mountains we can’t climb or a multitude of other events in our lives.
At some point,
we may actually welcome our weakness as a friend…
because we learned to ask for help in healthy ways!
Then we learn how much we need others who know what it is to be weak. That is when we learn that our strength was not as strong as we thought. And our new found weakness turns into strength as we learn to depend on a community of loving friends who wanted to help all along. We were just to “strong” to allow them to do it. So in that sense, our weakness turns into a gift. Certainly not one we wanted or sought after, but a gift nonetheless!
Where do you need to be more healthy?
Where do you need to ask for help?
What is keeping you from asking?