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Monday, October 9, 2017

Why you should love Mondays

I love Mondays. I do. To me, Mondays feel like January 1st. Regardless of how off the charts bad the week before was, on Monday mornings I feel like "OK, last week you went off the rails with your clean eating program, this is a new day, a new week. A fresh start. You've got this."

Since welcoming my daughter, Waverly, into my life six weeks ago, I made the choice to be altogether healthier, to be a good role model for her. I want her to look at food as sustenance, not a reward, not a distraction, not something to fill a void. That is how I was raised, that was my coping mechanism for when I was angry or depressed or annoyed. . . Actually, any emotion gave me cause to eat. I want Waverly to be brought up in a home that isn't focused on food or on weight. It's about being healthy. So, for the past six weeks, I have tried to be as healthy as I can be, to look at food as something that provides nutrients to grow healthy and strong. Yet, as strong as my will is, I can be at Starbucks and while my mind says "Order the black coffee with cream only," my heart says "Oh! It's pumpkin spice latte time! IT'S PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE TIME! AND PUMPKIN BREAD!' Sometimes, I get the coffee with cream but I am embarrassed to say, despite my good intentions, despite knowing what is the healthiest thing for me, I still go for the sweet pumpkin flavors and the 1200 empty calories. Then I feel terrible, then I make more poor choices.

Today is Monday. There are 604,800 seconds in a week. That many opportunities to make the right choice, to make myself proud of the choices I have made, to show Waverly how to have a healthy relationship with food and with her own body. To show her that the right choices can make you feel confident and happy.

Whatever you are struggling with - working in a job that gives you anxiety the moment you wake up, or working out every day or  staying away from people who don't make you feel good about yourself or achieving your goals in school, this is a new week, your new chance to make the right choices. I think of future me at the end of this week and I hope that I have made the right choices which makes me feel proud. When I feel weak, when I want to dive into a tuna melt or pumpkin flavored treats, I try to remind myself that this one moment of indulgence will be over in a couple of minutes but the guilt associated will haunt me all day. Staying strong through a moment of weakness, makes future choices easier. You know you can do it because you've done it.

So, here's to a new week and to making the right choices. You are strong. The only thing you have to think about is this moment right now. When this moment passes, will you be proud of yourself?

Need someone to be accountable to? Email me. I'll be your cheerleader. You don't know it but I already am. Have a wonderful, happy week!

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