Do you sometimes use avoidant behaviours to try to handle stress ?
I stopped my daily weigh-in habit last December 21. It was the ‘season to be jolly,’ when social gluttony and overindulgance is encouraged. I tried to avoid thinking about the scale while feasting.
On January 1, I faced the scale. I had only gained two pounds (.907 kg) !
I quickly went to tell my husband that my weight gain was ‘small’, but he was unimpressed.
He explained that by gaining those two pounds of fat, my heart now had produced 14 miles (22.5 km) of microscopic blood vessels, called capillaries, to support the extra fat.
I was shocked at this, and told him that surely he had exaggerated ! He invited me to seek a second opinion from that dubious Dr. Google.
My husband then invited me to carry a two pound weight for half a kilometer down to the town harbour. By the time I got there, the weight I was carrying felt heavy.
I am now back in the habit of weighing myself every day. My father did this, and maintained the same weight all his life. My father also never ate refined sugar, and always resisted my mother’s fabulous baked treats.
Let us again remind ourselves of the beauty of life and that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
I am now working to lose the extra weight I gained during the jolly season.
Pictured is our town harbour, established in 1497.