I believe I have the power to empower. I believe God gave me my struggle with weight because He knew that I had the strength to overcome and help others. He knew I would beat my addiction to food. My addiction would not consume me and one day I could help others overcome.
When I set my mind on doing something, I believe I can do it. When it came to fighting my food additction, something in my head just clicked. It was as if I was in a dark room for 27 years and I was fumbling my way around trying to find the light switch. One day, my hand flicked on the switch that lit up the dark room I had been wandering around for years. A moment that felt similar was when I fell in love with Dan and knew it would be true love forever. This time something was different when I decided to make my eating lifestyle change and I knew it would last forever as well.
I wish that each one of you that reads my blog could come to my house and experience a "day in the life of Nancy" and see how to practically live this new way of eating/living/being! So many of you that write me want to know what I eat, drink, how I work out etc. I know I have always learned best by example and I am a visual learner.
In fact, I remember years ago, telling my sister to eat breakfast, call me, and then I'd eat the same thing. Later, she'd eat her snack, give me a jingle and I would follow suit. Likewise, the same was true for lunch, dinner and dessert. Any meal, morsel, bite and snack that she consumed, I would consume. If I could only eat how she ate, I was convinced I'd lose weight. I thought, "monkey see, monkey do!" It does make sense. If someone wants to be a plumber or electrician, they become a journeyman. In medicine, isn't that why doctors go through residency? In the same way, my current job of cosmetology involved assisting master stylists so that I could learn and acquire all the knowledge possible. If you only told me how to highlight hair, I'd be putting a puzzle together blindfolded; but if you had me stand by your side and watch you color hair, I would have it down pat in a week!
I never did "shadow" my sister's eating habits, though. Maybe it wouldn't have been a bad idea. That is why support and accountability is so important. Having a network of people to help you that have gone before you to guide you through any dark patches can help so much. Even though the light switch may have been turned on, it doesn’t mean the bulb can’t get a little dim. You may need someone to help you replace the bulb and recharge that electricity!