Living Out Loud

It’s a thin line between love and tacos


“Eat like you love your body.” - Lailah Gifty Akita

Well by now most of us has gotten used to the time change and hopefully writing 2018 instead of 2017 on everything. Even our own newspaper has changed and I hope you, the readers, will embrace the change. Some changes can be the deepest of all things, such as a move to a new state or when you lost someone real close to you that your heart seems to beat a little slower and ache. But other changes can bring you something to make you happier and maybe healthier.

Change has the ability to catch up with you at some point in your life. There is no avoiding it because it will find you, challenge you, and force you to reconsider how you live your life.

I finally decided last year to actually follow my doctors’ advice and seek help with a nutritionist. I was overweight and was not in the best shape for a 50-something female. I choose to start with the mindset given to me by the nutritionist, “I’m not dieting, I’m changing my lifestyle.” Over this past year I finally lost 63 pounds. I like to tell people that I am NOT losing weight; I’m getting RID of it and have no intention of finding it again.

It is important to me to not only live longer but live healthier and happier. The only person who was holding me back was me, that same me was holding a double bacon cheeseburger and super-size fries. I was no longer going to hold a pity party of one once the last French fry disappeared, I started choosing different. I started small at first, for example, getting the kid’s meal and drinking water before and after I ate.

I feel better than I have in years, mentally and physically. I had to not only start but keep going forward, not allow myself or others to change my mindset or my goals. Believe me, I understand how hard it is to start, I loved to snack at night, especially watching a T.V. show or movie. I would find myself at the fridge looking for something while trying to convince myself that If we shouldn't eat at night, then why is there a light in the fridge? LOL!

OK, I changed my lifestyle and habits but not all was overnight, but more taken week by week or monthly. I started to eat only veggies meals and cut out breads. One breakfast taco instead of two and had corn tortilla instead of flour. Being healthier is something every one of us can do, whether it’s sleeping more each night, cooking ahead for the week, or drinking more water. Instead of dragging your feet and thinking that being healthier is something you have to do, make it positive so it’s something you really want to do.

Move those feet where or whenever possible, besides, being great for your muscles and bones, your mind will thank you for it. The better you feel mentally, the more likely you are to take better care of yourself. The only way you will fail is by quitting. I don’t know about you, but my mama didn’t raise no quitter.

“I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens if I don’t.” - Neila Rey