Yesterday was another successful day! I have a better understanding of the affects of harmful food toxins. This is a new revelation for me. I have had years of dieting and attempting to lose excess weight, but I had no real understanding of how. I bought into so many different gimmicks and theories – not unlike thousands of others in the world. That is why the weight loss industry grosses so much revenue. Print and media advertising really functions well as a smoke screen and distraction to place your attention on beauty and the perception of those around you.
Now, I am so much more aware of what really matters – the health of my mind, body, and spirit!
On day five, I did a lot of self-reflection. I thought about my real motivation for staying on this path. My son and my husband are at the top of my list. I want to live a fruitful life for as long as I can. My son is 18 now. One day (not so soon perhaps) there will be a wedding, grandchildren, and other important family moments that I need to be present for. This really matters to me at this stage of my life. No more time to waste!
Next on the list are my students. I teach in an underserved community where poverty is the norm. As I look at the faces in my classroom, I often see expressions of pain and disappointment. It is heartbreaking to know that for some of them, their safest moments are while they are at school. My greatest contribution to their lives is educating them and speaking positive and encouraging words into their spirits. They say showing is better than telling. So, transforming my physical self is a way of modeling the possibilities of overcoming adversity.
As a person who spends a great deal of time motivating others, it is imperative that I walk this final obstacle course in my life. I am so grateful to actually see it.