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This is My Story . . .

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We all have a story that defines who we are.

In this story are woven the threads of our dreams, hopes, fears, disappointments, circumstances, and our past – uniquely making us a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Part of my story includes my struggle with food beginning in high school.  I vividly remember weighing in at 98 lbs. during gymnastics in junior high.  But by the end of my sophomore year of high school I was up to 143 lbs – a whopping 45-lb. weight gain on my 5’4 medium size frame.  I had to do something and I had to do it fast!

That was when I began my career of dieting.

Being athletic and participating in a whole lot of sports and activities allowed me to get back down to a normal weight but I was never quite satisfied with my body. This led to the perpetual chase of the “ideal weight” carrot. Know what I’m talking about?  It is crazy, but that is how I lived for so many years of my life.

It was my normal, my landscape.

But I can actually say that it all changed when I began living at Peace with Food.  That is not to say I don’t have an ideal weight, because I do, but this time it is more of an optimal weight range than an unrealistic all-time-low number.  No more of this all-or-nothing mindset.  Enough of the obsession!

How did I get this peace?  Here it is in a nutshell.  I began believing that I could do it and I changed the way I thought about my situation.  That was step one.  It was a big step that took me years.  But even in believing that I could have Peace with Food (and peace with my body) didn’t result in it magically appearing.  After years of failed attempts, saying I was frustrated with my situation is putting it mildly.  I needed practical steps to take and the skills to carry it out.  I needed to find the answer to my dilemma, the combination to the lock.  Enter Peace with Food.

As I began writing this post I really had to ask myself, “What is my purpose for sharing this part of my life? Is it to inspire, motivate, entertain?”  I think it can be all of these, but more than that, I feel a calling to help others in their journey to Peace with Food.  That’s my mission, my assignment – to share with others what I have learned in the decades I’ve spent struggling with food and help them experience peace and freedom.

When I was in college, my Biochem instructor would always say in his Indian accent, “Take-home-message.”  We knew that when he uttered these three choppy words we needed to take note because the point he was about to make was of utmost importance.  That is what I hope to leave in every Peace with Food post.  A take-home message.  A nugget that will help you live at greater Peace with Food.

So here’s the Take-Home Message:

No matter what your story is, you can have Peace with Food.  No matter what your beginning is, you can rewrite the end.

robynn

 

 

 

P. S.  Stay tuned for Lara’s Story . . .

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{Where Are You?}

I love the HoLiDaYs.  If you’ve been reading our recent posts you may already know that.  However, my EnThUsiaSm and JoY is tempered with CoMpaSsioN for others because I know of many who are going through great PaiN and SorRoW at this very moment.  Some have lost jobs or struggle to make ends meet, others have been given a grim diagnosis, and others have experienced loss in one form or another.  My heart goes out to them, because although I may not be feeling that kind of pain at the moment, I have felt it in the past and it HuRtS.

WhErE aRe YoU?  Maybe your life at the moment is pure bliss.  Or maybe you are experiencing the extreme opposite.  Or maybe you are somewhere in-between.  Where ever you are…

GoD.

Is.

TheRe.

He’s either in because you’ve let Him in or He’s KnOcKiNg at the door, but in either case, He’s there.

If your life is full of cheer ShArE it with someone not as fortunate.

If your life is full of pain and saddness turn to the source of CoMfOrT, PeAcE, and JoY because…

He’s only a prayer away.

:)

Robynn~

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Who To Follow – The Challenge (Wk 21)

If you have a dream, how do you know it is LeGiT?  One of the best pieces of AdViCe I have ever received is to “AlWaYs FoLLoW PeAcE.” 

Peace is that knowing deep in your HeArT what is “RiGhT”. 

 And it will never lead you WrOnG. 

EvEr.

Robynn~

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“Pan Out” – The Challenge (Wk 4)

Its Week 4 of the six-month challenge towards your dream or goal.  How are you doing?  Maybe you started out “The Challenge” excited and filled with anticipation and now the excitement has seemed to be all but gone.  WhAt NoW? 

This week’s focus is to Re-AsSeSs.  This is something that we will be doing from time to time during this six-month challenge.  That is because although sometimes you start off thinking that your goal is one thing you find out along the way that it is really something else.  Take for example the goal of losing weight.  Maybe you start off thinking that a certain number on the scale will bring you happiness, but along the way to your goal you realize that the ‘ole number on the scale isn’t what brings happiness, instead it’s the P e A c E you have inside because of the self-control you have developed allowing you to put food in its proper place.

Have you ever been on Google maps and were so close up you couldn’t get your bearings but as soon as you panned out you could see things clearly?  When re-assessing your goals, it is necessary to “PaN oUt” and see the big picture.  Sometimes we are just too close up to our situation to see things clearly, but when we step back and get some perspective things begin to come in to focus.

As you look at your goal don’t forget to “pan out” and see the big picture.  When you do, the map will be much clearer and you will have the AdVaNtAgE oF pErSpEcTiVe.

~Robynn

P.S.  Regarding my six-month goal of peace with food, I’m making progress!!!  I haven’t done perfectly, but one thing I am learning to do is ditch the “All-Or-Nothing” mindset with an “Adapt and Be Flexible” one.  (That’s another post for another day!)

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Robynn’s 6-Month Challenge….Peace With Food

Ok, so Lara and I talk about GeTtiNg ReAl and being TrAnSpArEnT.  Here goes. . .

Today, the S.u.e.d.e.S.o.f.a.  is beginning “The ChAlLeNgE”, a SiX-MoNtH jOuRnEy towards a goal or DrEaM.  I have a challenge of my own that I am going to be sharing with you during these next six months and here it is:  walking in PeAcE with food.  For years I have struggled with overeating resulting in the vicious cycle of gain weight, diet, lose weight, gain weight.  I have made a lot of progress, but still, I am not where I desire to be in this area of SeLf-CoNtRoL.

Although I have made great strides in this area, I desire not only to deal with this issue once and for all, but also to help others struggling in this area.  In the past, my focus has been a number on the scale, which really was just the symptom of an underlying problem.  However, this time around, I am focusing on the real issue – my ChArAcTeR and developing self-control.

My biggest challenge, when it comes to eating is consuming too much food early in the day.  I then either have to go through the rest of the day not able to eat, feeling deprived as I watch my family eat, OR I feel hopeless and just give in thinking, “What’s the point?”

My next biggest challenge is thinking that if I go over a little, I may as well blow it and go all out.  These are the two bad habits I will be focusing on replacing with the positive habits of using self-control and moderation.

So, how about you?  Do you have any goals or dreams you want to PuRsUe?  Any NeW hAbiTS you want to form?  If so, then come along with us.  The journey is a whole lot more EnJoYaBLe when taking it with a friend!!

~Robynn

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