Real Talk: This is My Life.

I got a private note recently and didn’t want to address it until I had time to process it, and my reaction to it.

It said, “Hi, I don’t know if you realize, but you’d have an easier time losing weight if you ate home more often. Just sayin’ it could help.”

I stewed about this for quite some time. It’s not the first time it’s come up, and usually I just brush it off, but this time it stuck with me and here’s what I’ve come to after too much time worrying about it:

This is my life. 
This is my life, not a whitewashed version of what it should be, by my standards or anyone else’s. Weekdays I rise early, I get home late. I never have enough hours in the day. I’m using my God given talents to make a difference every time I walk into my office.

And in these late nights, when I’m munching a box of takeout salad, couscous, and chicken like this one after working all day and getting in some exercise, I’m reminded that I’m doing the best I can with each day I’m given. I’m working hard to not only succeed but to thrive and grow my career to provide a better life for my family.

Weekends are full of errands, family, friends, naps, and the necessary downtime to focus on Mr. Big. And that’s okay. This life has caused me to focus and narrow in on who and what matters most to me. In many ways, I’m grateful for the clarity.

I work hard on these bus rides to make TCFC a source on comfort, support, and inspiration for others on the same journey. It’s my way, even though I haven’t reached my goal yet, of paying forward all of the wonderful support and inspiration and encouragement others have shown me throughout my journey.

So yes, weight loss would be easier if I ate at home. But just like I can’t get the ass I want by sitting on it, I’m not going to live the life I want by sitting at my dining room table seven nights a week.

We’re all different, in so many wonderful, interesting, quirky, weird ways. We approach weight loss and wellness in so many different ways, And we can all learn from one another’s successes and struggles, even if they don’t look like our own.

This is my life. And I’m proud of it. 


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