"Because you are in control of your life. Don't ever forget that. You are what you are because of the conscious and subconscious choices you have made."
Barbara Hall, A Summons to New Orleans, 2000
One of the readers left a comment asking me what my source of inspiration is. I've covered lots of different topics in the past year but I don't think I've gone into any detail on this one.
What is the source of inspiration to keep eating healthfully, to keep juicing every single day, to keep to my workout schedule even when exercise is the last thing that I want to be doing? In a word, freedom. 277 pounds slowed me down, put strain on my ankles, knees and lower back and overeating unhealthy food left me logy, bitchy and often times, depressed. I wanted to feel energetic, light and limber but fat was a prison that kept me from living the life I wanted.
Once I committed to taking back my health, I started to feel a freedom that is hard to describe. I do know that it's the best feeling that I have ever experienced and I don't ever want it end. I love the feeling of being free from the control of emotional overeating, free from the pull of junk food, free from the fat prison. I have never been keen on the phrase "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels," but I know for a fact that freedom feels and tastes incomparably better than the huge bowl of Halloween candy that was left at the nurses' station yesterday.