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Good morning, all.

First let me give you an update on Amy.  She had her gastric sleeve surgery yesterday and so far she is doing well.  They were able to do her surgery laparoscopically so that is good news.  She posted an up date this morning on our Facebook page,
The Diary of 2 Former Fat Girls, if you would like to go take a look.  She looks good and she sounds good.  Please keep her in your prayers.

Now for the Saturday blog.  Did you notice the big question mark?  I’m going to ask you the big question – what is your why?  Why do you want to make a change in your life?  Why do you need to start eating more healthily? This is not an unreasonable question and it can only be answered by you.

Being a grandmother my first response is that I want to be around longer to see my grandgirls grow up.  Isn’t that cute? Isn’t that selfless of me – I’m thinking of others.  No, that’s crap.  There I said it.  I am not making changes just for them.  I am making changes for me.  But why?  What is so important that I want to change my complete diet and life style?

My Dad died at 75.  He had heart disease.  It runs in his family.  All of his brothers died of it.  He lived the longest of the 4 of them and he only made it to 75.  I had to have a heart stint implanted at age 63 and the doctor said that if I had waited another two to three weeks I would have had a heart attach and died.  My “widow maker” artery was 95% completely blocked.  That is a scary thing to find out.  One of my whys is to live longer with a good quality of life.

Another thing about me is that I have been obese all of my adult life.  I eat for all kinds of reasons: when I’m happy, when I’m sad, when I’m bored, when I’m anxious, when I’m driving, when I’m watching TV, etc.  I have been on diets and lost a lot of weight, and I’ve gone off diets and gained back even more weight. I was talking to my very good friend and I shared how I was addicted to food.  He said he had been watching me for some time and I am not addicted – I’m spoiled.  Well, you know that made me madder than a wet hen.  How dare he not understand that my problem was not my fault – it was the foods fault because I was caught in a relentless addiction.  But, dang it, he is right.  The least little provocation and I go get something to eat.  And I am particular.  I want what I want when I want it – chocolate, salty, crunchy, beefy, etc.  And if it is not in the house, I’ll jump in my car and buy it – even if it takes my last red scent.  I’m spoiled with little self control.  So, is my why that I want to not be obese?  Sort of but what is the real what if? I am sick of being fat!!!  Plain and simple.  I’m sick of what I see when I look in the mirror at myself.  I am embarrassed at how I have let myself get in this shape. So my why is to turn around all of the harm that I  have created in my life.

Those are two pretty powerful whys.  What am I going to do about this new found revelation?  I am going to put it somewhere that I can remind my self of it daily.  I suggest you do the same.  Figure out what is your true why – not the sweet, cutesy why that you want the world to see and admire – but the true why that motivates your inner being.  Post it on your refrigerator or make a vision board and hang it in your bedroom where you will see it every morning when you get up and every evening when you go to bed.  What is your true why?  I’ve been honest with mine.  Be honest with yours.

What is my resource Saturday tip?  Make your why the resource you draw on to motivate you to make the changes you need to make.

Bye for now.


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