I need to lose weight.

I weigh too much for my body and it is holding me back. I can’t buy all the fun clothes that catch my eye.  I can’t jump as high as I would like because landing hurts my knees.

Ever since I had postpartum depression, I have focused a lot on my mental health; but mental health does not exist in a vacuum.  My spiritual, intellectual and emotional wellbeing are inseparable from my physical health.

It is time to lose weight.

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But I’m not going to diet.

Diets are mean and cruel.  Look at the word: DIEt.  DIE.  Diets crush out all the joy of living.

Diets set up rules and regulations and restrictions but really, this is what I need to do: be mindful. If I’m hungry, I can eat. If I’m full, then there’s no need to eat.

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Simple enough, but I have been a yo-yo dieter for years. I don’t know how to eat. I eat too much and hate myself and then I go on a diet and follow impossible rules and lose weight but gain it all back and then some because I haven’t learned how to eat.

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I am ready to be mindful. I am ready to trust myself to eat the food my body needs without counting calories or points or eliminating sugar or carbs or what-have-you.

I choose life.  I choose abundance.  I choose mindfulness and love and joy.

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