Only 3 MORE DAYS until AUGUST ACTION is no more.
Only 3 MORE DAYS before another challenge begins: SURRENDERED SEPTEMBER.
Only 3 MORE DAYS to keep promises I made to myself.
Only 3 MORE DAYS to move more, eat less, wiggle a little closer to my goal, and feel good about the changes I’ve made in August.
In a way, I will be glad to wave bye-bye to August. This month has been a rough one. Over the last 28 days I have had a plate full of stress, and around day 22 the cracks in the walls of my emotional eating dam were about to break. Yep, a lot has happened this summer, especially this August, among the more stressful events for me were these:
An unbelievably slow healing injury.
An initiative to move more, though I am still injured and healing.
An experiment with food and food choices that included eliminating wheat.
Facing the effects of sugar withdrawal.
The discovery of a spot or two on my injured foot.
Tests done–results pending.
A couple of confusing messages I heard from others.
One totally un-relatable series of lectures I just barely endured.
Taking part in more than one confusing conversation.
Seeing a family member unexpectedly hospitalized.
Listening, as another family member chronicled the unraveling of her marriage.
I also saw a net weight gain of 0/and a net weight loss of 0: Turtling, again.
What you have just read is a chronological listing of some of the stress points I experienced in August 2013. I won’t bore you with others. This is not a listing of how the last thirty days have actually played out, mind you. There was a lot of circling the air field and loopty loops that went along with these events. Life on my side of the hill is anything but chronological in nature most days. Oh, that it were.
In truth, my life is often blurry, messy, complicated, and confusing.
It’s also sometimes hard for me to swallow (pun intended).
It’s life, though, and like we all say, better than the alternative.
What have I learned from AUGUST ACTION that I did not know before? Not much, really. However, the challenge has reinforced principles I had already learned.
During my AUGUST ACTION challenge, I have gratefully been reminded that…
Life has its own terms and I need to fit myself to them, not the other way ’round.
I’m stronger than I think I am…
…but I’m missing that inner mechanism that would make gauging my own stress levels a whole lot easier, if I had one.
I’ve also been reminded that…
Reaching out to others is a great way to help augment my own plan of attack when emotional issues threaten to impact my eating.
Given enough time, most problems either get solved or fade away.