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The power of perspective

I promise meal prep is coming, but I wanted to share a moment with you that I had this weekend… a little perspective.

Everyone that has ever gained a significant amount of weight, recognizes the inherent challenges with changing their situation.  Finding motivation is key, and true change has to come with a shift in your mind, …your attitude.   Gaining weight comes at more than just a physical cost… the mental cost comes first, then the weight gain follows… it becomes like a prison you are trapped in.

About a month ago I bought a shirt from Target, black tank, that says “perspective is everything”.  The shirt was cute, and at the time… the words spoke to me, but I didn’t quite understand how profoundly …until yesterday.

During Saturday am yoga, Chrissy‘s inspiration for the class was a quote by Sally Hogshead,

“It’s not about changing who you are, it’s about becoming more of who you are… and living that on purpose!” 

WOW!  Now that’s profound!… even more so than the cute tank…

We talk about lifestyle changes… we talk about becoming better versions of our self…  But, what we really need to focus on is changing our perspective.  By focusing on more of who we are, should organically drive us toward change.  Not the drastic… I’m not going to eat carbs for 100 days kind… But the kind of change that gives us space to live, to breathe, to enjoy, to be kind to ourselves, to forgive,  … to embrace everything around us in a way that gives us joy.  Our perspective allows us to take steps toward our goals, to fully experience small victories that add up over time… our perspective allows us to make progress.

Today in church, the guest preacher emphasized how God has 2 punctuations for our life.  “Commas” and “Periods”…. and how we should recognize in seasons of struggle or pain, that there’s a “comma”… meaning that it’s not finished… that’s not the end.  With this thought in mind, I’d like to share more of my experience from yesterday.

I took my kids school shopping, and while at the mall, I decided to go into a store that I hadn’t been able to shop for a long time.  I hadn’t been able to shop in this store because the largest size in the store was too small for me.  But yesterday, I thought I’d check and see if I could wear something from this store again.

I entered the store, and started to look around… grabbing a couple of items from a few of the racks… a couple shirts, a pair of pants…etc, and headed to the dressing room to try on… fully expecting that the clothing would not fit right, and be too small.  By having this outlook, I was anticipating one of many disappointments I had so often realized over the past several years.  That desire to be me, but having to constantly see a reflection in a mirror that was something other than…

I proceeded to try on a pair of pants.  Stepping into the legs, I thought… hmmm, maybe…. but, it wasn’t until I started pulling them up I realized that the largest size was too big… my head began spinning… I honestly didn’t know how to process this.

I stood in the dressing room for about 5 minutes and cried.  I cried how my life has changed so much in a matter of months… and something as small as trying on clothes… something that used to be so much fun, but had become so painful… was once again restored.   This woman standing in front of the dressing room mirror was once again someone I knew… someone who had completely embraced the need to change… someone that was finally figuring out how to be herself on purpose.  I was proud of her and grateful to God that He had allowed me this moment to let it all sink in… and the courage to share it with you.

The power of perspective is everything.

Now is the perfect timing for a change!  You don’t need to do anything but change your perspective, and gain a new outlook on everything you do.  That’s the most powerful advantage we’ve been blessed with…  Your attitude toward life gives you the freedom to choose life…  It gives you the freedom to choose to be healthy…  Your perspective is everything!

For the first time, I’m attaching a picture of before and “current”… I say “current”, because my mind and body are still working to align.  I don’t have a goal weight or goal size… but, I have other goals that are more meaningful.  I have goals that require me to work towards and become even stronger mind, body, and spirit.

I encourage everyone to not wait for tomorrow.  We have no power over what may happen tomorrow, but we have power today to make a needed change in our life.  Keep focused on God, and ask Him to help you change your perspective!  Once I made that decision, He continues to give me an abundance of motivation I need to do the work!

Matthew 6:33-34 (NKJV):  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

 

10 thoughts on “The power of perspective

  1. I’m following closely, cannot wait to see your secrets. You look great. I’m anxiously awaiting how to start my transformation.

    Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Erin, for your encouragement! Please let me know what you have questions about or where I can help 🙂 I see from FB you’ve ordered containers. That’s great! Having a plan each week brings convenience into the equation. For busy families, that’s big deal if you’re trying to make healthy options accessible. Way to go!

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  2. I am inspired, encouraged, and challenged by your commitment to LIFE!! I get it…..thank you for being brave, instructional, and transparent. #KEEPGOING

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  3. Susan, this is so beautiful in so many ways!! Words escape me in expressing how much joy I have reading this post. Thank you for inspiring so many!! So many of us have fought this fight with food. YOU are one of the few that’s brave enough to share it with us, as well as allow the Lord to bless others along the way.
    Love you so very much! And as always, can’t even wait to see where you go!!!

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