The Mystery Package - I've got the POWER!

I want to share a personal story with all of you. I am a knitter and crocheter and I belong to an internet group called ravelry.com, which is a free craft site where I signed up to doing a yarn swap. For those of you who are not familiar with a swap, you simply sign up and you are assigned a person, and you both send one another knitting or craft related articles. Well, recently my swap box arrived and I received some beautiful yarn, a few books and 2 chocolate bars. Yes, 2 chocolate bars.

I want to share a personal story with all of you. I am a knitter and crocheter and I belong to an internet group called ravelry.com, which is a free craft site where I signed up to doing a yarn swap. For those of you who are not familiar with a swap, you simply sign up and you are assigned a person, and you both send one another knitting or craft related articles. Well, recently my swap box arrived and I received some beautiful yarn, a few books and 2 chocolate bars. Yes, 2 chocolate bars.

I am a food addict and one of my favorite comfort foods used to be chocolate bars, well, any type of chocolate. If you looked in my refrigerator before I started my journey to wellness, you would have found some store bought pizza and some chocolate item either in my refrigerator or in my freezer. When I started my journey I purged all of those "bad foods" and replaced them with "good foods." Now when you look in my refrigerator you will find 1 serving cup of cottage cheese, fat-free plain Greek yogurt, fresh cut up veggies in little plastic bags, almonds and walnuts in pre-portioned sizes - so that when I am hungry, I can just grab a single serving item and I am good to go.


Now I am faced with these 2 chocolate bars, items that have been banned from my home since February. I initially put them aside and continued with my day. I found myself thinking about those chocolate bars whenever I felt stressed or bored. Do I throw them out? Well, this nice person sent them to me, wouldn't that be so rude?! Should I offer them to my husband? A little taste of 1 really wouldn't hurt now would it?

What did you think I did? I didn't throw them out. I showed them to my husband but didn't offer them to him.

What I did do was a lot of thinking. I thought about how I would feel if I did take just a little bite, but I knew that I couldn't take a little bite without eating the entire chocolate bar. A little taste just wasn't an option, as it could quite possibly put me on a binge - and after a binge I always felt so emotionally and physically sick. What I did do was put them in my swap partner's package that I was sending to her with some yarn and other craft related items and enclosed a note explaining why I sent back the chocolate bars. She totally understood and sent me a lovely note back. 

I had the power to just say "No!" This was an epiphany for me. I can honestly say that all those foods that I thought brought me comfort didn't bring me comfort at all; they were poisoning my body. I no longer desire to eat those foods and enjoy my new eating lifestyle. I feel empowered and look forward to starting each day eating healthy food and loving my newly found energy. Food no longer controls me, I am in control and I love the feeling. 

I hope this story is helpful to you and remember you do have the power!

Weekly food menu:

Sunday and Tuesday: whole wheat pizza with veggies

Monday and Thursday: turkey stuffed meatloaf

Wednesday and Friday: oatmeal coated chicken breast

Saturday: turkey burger on a whole grain bun

Have a happy and healthy Memorial Day!

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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