A Serious Subject
October 17, 2014
It has been a difficult week at Hudson HQ – serious and utterly unexpected illness threw all plans into chaos and Lovely Husband and I have been in a real state of limbo.
We haven’t been “officially” logging our food on the WLR website – but that doesn’t mean we haven’t recorded it. I have scraps of paper and unsent “messages” on my phone detailing what we’ve been eating and drinking and when things get back to normal I will spend a quiet evening updating our records.
It has also been a challenging week because we haven’t been able to plan ahead or eat what we have in the house. It has been “food on the hoof” but interestingly, and despite a very stressful situation, it seems that somewhere along the line the WLR-way has really become “my way” (and the way of LH too).
From a nutrition point of view what we’ve been having isn’t the most nutritionally sound diet… but given that a year or two ago I would have been relying entirely on a quick fix from a vending machine or bars of chocolate to give me energy, then the fact that I have some healthy options packet soups in my handbags, or when we have stopped off to pick up food we have opted for most weight WLR-compliant items available (rather than heading to the more convenient “chicken drive through” or “burger bar”). We have also been drinking lots of bottles of water – it’s wonderful for banishing hunger pangs and staving off dehydration (which can often be misinterpreted as hunger) and despite the difficulties I don’t think either of us will be looking at a hefty gain when we eventually get back onto our scales at home and even a Stay-The-Same wouldn’t be terrible.
As I started putting the words onto paper I had a very strange sense of déjà vu…. And remembered that it was about this time last year that another loved one was seriously ill. I am delighted to report that, a year later, they are in rude health and good spirits, but the similarities between the situation then and the situation now are astonishing. Both the patients were extremely poorly and one of the major contributing factors was lifestyle. Most particularly smoking and a diet of fried food.
Last year it made me realise just how amazing the human body is; how fragile it can be; how we need to look after it; and how our actions really do have consequences.
Lovely Husband and I are fortunate. We have been brought up in a society where the health risks of smoking, drinking, poor diet are becoming more widely known and society as a whole takes much more care to ensure that information to point us to the path of a “healthy lifestyle” is available. However for the generation “before me”… smoking and drinking were social pleasures. Frying (and using lard…) was a common way of cooking food… and for people who grew up with that as “the norm” and who are now of an age where they claim to be “set in their ways” it can be difficult for them to change the habits of, quite literally, a lifetime.
It has made me realise that although my WLR goal of a smaller number on the scales, or a smaller size on the clothes label is a wonderful achievement, the greatest achievement of all is changing my habits so that I give this amazing body of mine the best possible chance to be the best it can and the do best it is able to do. And forgive me if the phrase “my amazing” body seems boastful. It isn’t meant to be. It is simply a statement of truth. My body is AMAZING.
I may not be a slender statuesque model. I may not be a great beauty. My body may not be the envy of others. I have teeth with fillings; I have creaking joints; my digestive system has periods of being dysfunctional…. but you know what…. None of that matters. It is my body. It is the only body I have. It is the body which I hope will take me into very old age and still serve me well.
It is easy to lose sight of that. It can be so easy to take good health for granted. To not pay any real attention to how we are treating the amazing machine that allows us to live, and breathe and “be”. It is something we overlook at our very real peril and something that, thanks to the sound principals of WLR, all of us who are signed up and on this journey can pre-empt and proactively focus on.
So, if you have a weekend weigh in that isn’t quite what you’d hoped for. Please don’t be despondent or disappointed. Be proud. Be proud of your body and all it does for you and be proud of the fact that you are taking action to make sure you give yourself everything you deserve.
Take real pride from the fact that you are consciously aware of how your body needs to be treated, and that you are committed to giving it the absolute best.
It deserves absolutely nothing less.
With a huge hug.