by christina britt lewis
everybody keeps asking how exactly i lost 30 pounds,
but i don't think they really want to hear the answer.
it's notsomuch about what we eat and what we don't eat.
tim and i both got super healthy because of delayed gratification, sacrifice, redefining pleasure,
and mostly, we are persistent AF.
before and after...
people want a quick fix, 12 steps, a point system, or a plan.
we have none of that to offer. we tried all of that. none of that worked for us for long.
it's like everything else in life...
getting what we want is more of a mental shift than a physical one.
we have to change our minds before we can change our lives.
we have to decide that we want to feel great and be healthy more than we want chik-fil-a.
once we change our minds, the rest is easy.
i don't think it really matters which food path we follow.
be it vegan, paleo, weight watchers or what have you, the secret to success is persistence.
like everything worth having...
we are not booked all over the country until kingdom come 'cause we are the best designers in the world.
we are in such high demand because we are relentless in our dedication to client happiness.
we never give up. we never quit. we bend over backwards.
we give up our right to be right for the sake of the relationship. every time.
we take the loss. we sacrifice. we mean it when we say we are not happy if you are not happy.
if we want to get healthy, we are the only thing in our own way.
we hold all the cards. we have all the power. the weight we weigh is a choice we make.
not something that happens to us.
we got ourselves where we are and we can change where we are. just like that.
all we have to do is decide. choose. sacrifice our right to drive-thru. lol...
and persist. like hell.
weighing less than you did in high school is not the answer to all things like we hope.
if we are not big and happy, we will not be little and happy.
skinny does not make the people who broke your heart go away.
we carry them with us. what they said. what they did. they stay with us. always.
but feeling great about yourself helps you see that there was never anything wrong with you.
hurt people hurt people. it is as simple as that. we gotta let that go and move on.
peace that passes understanding comes from complete acceptance of who we are on the inside.
let's spend more energy working on who we are than what we look like.
so how do we change our minds?
we educate ourselves. watch documentaries. read books. decide for ourselves which path to follow.
tim and i both have a history of cognitive decline in our families.
our boys are graduating from college and high school in 2019. our nest is almost empty.
cole is going to live abroad, most likely.
camden is going to make it all the way to the NFL, most likely.
we bought a 4 story townhouse in the city...
we want to climb the stairs to our rooftop deck,
travel the world to spend time with our boys,
and have intellectually stimulating conversations at our kitchen table...
for like ever.
we are both almost 50. call it a mid-life catharsis, if you want.
we decided to make food our medicine.
we decided to get healthy. so we did. and if we can, you can.
before and after...
it's like religion or politics or anything...
the experts do not agree with each other.
decide for yourself.
your maker did not leave you here unequipped.
so many rivers but they all reach the sea.
and then persist like hell.
christina for all
and for everyone who is going to keep asking...
plants, wild caught seafood, nuts, olive oil, red wine, champagne, dark chocolate
and that's about it.
but you do you.