Thank you to Coldplay for letting me borrow a line from "Viva La Vida"...it was just too appropriate for this post. Whenever I hear that song I think back to a time when I thought I ruled the world, or least that the world did not rule me.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this journey, I lost 65 pounds not too long after I graduated from high school. I really was on top of the world. No longer did I hear "such a pretty face", I just heard pretty or beautiful without any conditions attached to it. I could wear any style of clothing that I wanted, and high heels did not bother me because I did not have as much weight to balance on them anymore. I got a lot done, both things that needed to get done and things I've always wanted to try...all because I had more energy and confidence in myself.
Now, what 19 year old female would not enjoy all of the compliments and attention? I know I loved it - I am human after all. I've always known that there is more to a person than his or her outer shell, but when you're used to being ignored because of your size, it sure feels good to hear something so positive, even if it's about something as shallow as looks.
Many things have happened in my life since then, just as I know that a lot has happened to all of you over time as well. This time losing the weight is about more than just looking good in clothes, although I will be very happy about that! We are all beautiful no matter what our size, and what matters the most is our health. This time it's about doing the right things for my body, first and foremost.
This is why finding out about the things that I've been putting into my body is such an eye opener. Chemicals and preservatives in our food, medicines, and household items have been taking a toll on health...not only weight, but other conditions too. I told you about the yogurt yesterday, now I've tried the organic coffee. It tastes just as wonderful as the other coffee. I still have to make sure I don't drink more than 2 cups of it because of the caffeine, but at least I'm not throwing hazardous and unnecessary chemicals down my throat now. It was also a very pleasant surprise that Starbucks organic coffee is the same price as their other coffees, at least at the store I shopped at on Friday!
If all of us take charge of our health and well-being, it will make a huge difference in our lives and the lives of our family and friends. With God's help, we can all rule the world...together!