June 10, 2014 by 43andfatfree and RobertRoyston.net
“Throwback Thursday” is a phenomenon sweeping across social media these days. The idea is simple: on a Thursday, you post an old picture, video or other memory to your Facebook or Twitter wall – or whichever social media site you use the most. It’s a fun concept, but I’m starting to think there should be some rules about what you’re allowed to post.
For instance, if you’re going to post a photo, you should probably be in it! Lately, I’ve had people posting TBT pics of me from the early 90’s that, quite frankly, I want to forget! Okay, I’m kind of kidding. I guess I should be thrilled that I am not that fat guy in the pictures anymore! I suppose I should share them, re-post them, use them as before and after pics blah blah blah, and I probably will do that.
The strange part is when I look at them, I also get reminded of how unhappy I was inside, and how I was constantly fighting my inner demons; being happy-go-lucky and the life of the party on the outside, and so unhappy on the inside. My only escape was food. Food: my drug of choice. I look at those pictures and think, “How could you have let yourself get that big?!”
I also think about life now, and I wonder if I will be able to handle all the stress that comes my way. I have to learn to cope with that stress and not go back to FOOD as my crutch. I currently have a lot of stress in my life: people pulling me in many directions, people counting on me for emotional support, difficult business endeavors, traveling so much and needing to make money to pay bills and provide a better life for my kids.
All that just sounds like LIFE doesn’t it? I have no more stress than the next guy I guess, and less than some for sure. But from time to time it starts to get overwhelming, and all I want to do is eat and eat and eat! I haven’t given into the urges in awhile, and I feel like I may not again lose my way with food. But there are other things I must start doing! Things I wasn’t doing in those TBT pics. I need to clean my house, both literally and figuratively (my office at home is a mess!), and I also need to stop carrying other peoples’ stress and emotional baggage alongside my own.
The only people I should be jumping through hoops for are my family! I have this issue with trying to please everyone and it just becomes too much and then I disappoint almost everyone in my circle.
Okay, those TBT pics have inspired me!! This next month is my time to clean the house! I feel like getting my physical life in order has helped me to realize that I can do this! If I can master the diet I have, and the exercise program I am on, I can simplify my life and be more productive. I can spend more time with my kids!
I trimmed the fat from my waist, and now I need to trim the fat from my life. Pay the bills I owe, call my mom back, don’t over-promise and under-deliver, get help from people who can make my business run more smoothly and so on. I think you get what I am saying. I feel like writing about it has helped my weight so much, but to assure I have made a true life change, I must also be aware of the added stress that I put on myself and how to avoid it.
You, my readers, have been so helpful these last two years, and I look forward to writing more about how getting your life in shape, and your body in shape, can truly be a road to happier living.