Thursday, September 8, 2011

SEPT 8th I Can Do Hard Things, too

Hello Journal & Friends,

Yesterday I spent a lot of time gritting my teeth and quoting Chris over and over to myself: I can do hard things! Ever see that in the side bar at A Deliberate Life??

I Can Do Hard Things

See, yesterday I was at the dentist. And it was NOT going well. A very painful session, for multiple reasons I won't bore you with. Here is what I look like TODAY (sorry for the glare on my computer glasses, I forgot to take them off):

And that's just the OUTside... the inside feels worse.

I wanted to console myself with food... isn't that what "we" do??? But luckily for me, the whole lower half of my mouth was throbbing all day yesterday. So I actually ate very little. Add in a fight with MyGuy... and it was a terrific day (yes... read sarcasm there).

And since I couldn't calm the storm with food... I felt it all. And guess what?? The physical pain was nuthin in comparison to the mental/emotional pain. But... I survived.

My point?? It was amazing to me how much it helped me to zone out at the dentists office, by thinking about Chris and her mantra: 

I Can Do Hard Things

I've read it there before, on her blog. But I resisted being a copycat. My ego wanted to be oh-so-original and come up with my own snazzy saying. Well... phooey. Why re-invent the wheel?? Why try to improve on perfection?? And that mantra is perfect for me right now, at this stage of my Becoming, my Changing.

I Can Do Hard Things

Yesterday came on the heels of a couple of horrible eating days, by the way. I've been reading Wheat Belly, by Dr William Davis (see HERE for the review by Dana Carpender that convinced me to buy it). 

And I had a ridiculous reaction to it... something triggered in my head, and I went nutso! Like my favorite drug was threatened, and I had to eat it all before it was too late. The weird thing is... I wasn't eating that many wheat products on a regular basis. Maybe a couple of low carb tortillas a week, and occasionally some store bought sugar free baked goods as a treat... an occasional piece of high fiber bread or cracker. What they call "bridge foods", that help you stay on your journey while in transition. Those of you farther along than I am probably don't eat them any longer, and that's fine by me. Someday I, too, will probably get there. But right now I'm not fussing over it. But from now on... they can't contain wheat!

Anne at CarbTripper had a post recently talking about how we can get anxious over change, even when we KNOW the change is for our own good. I could identify with what she wrote! 

Well... I haven't finished the book yet, but I sure have a lot of symptoms mentioned in it. And if not eating wheat can help me heal, physically, then even though I find it hard, it's a small price to pay for improved health. So, for now, I have decided to DELETE THE WHEAT.... because I Can Do Hard Things! 

From Dr Phil's book: "Stay real and stay flexible. Control problem foods."

My verse for today: "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

My quote for today: "Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do." --Goethe

Enjoy the Journey,


DAY 753


affectionforfitness said...

Hi Loretta!

Well, I just got back from the dentist a few hours ago. I didn't have a big bruise like you, but did feel somewhat tortured when I was there. I hope you feel better.

I think this should be your theme. I chose the theme of "power," which is very similar. It has helped me enormously to think that "I have the power to control what I eat." It stops me from being wishy-washy about food choices. Yours would do the same.

:-) Marion

Christina said...

Your hair looks super cute! I hope your mouth feels better soon.

You can do hard things, you do do hard things, and you're good at doing hard things! You've got this. :) Doing hard things is worth it.

Anonymous said...

Of course you can do hard things Loretta...this is not news to me!

Sorry you were hurt at the dentist. Your mouth looks pretty sore...sending you some healing vibes.

I don't eat wheat or anything else that has gluten. I have fallen off the gluten free wagon many times, but no more...I was just punishing myself by eating food with gluten.

Not know why Loretta?
I can do hard things too!

Hope things are better with Your Guy!

Anonymous said...

As I've been thinking of it, the only "bridge food" that I've found (so far) that does not send me into binge city is cauliflower pizza. I'm going to have to find that recipe and buy me some cheese.

Yesterday, in an effort to find different things to eat in order to "stay on my journey", I bought a 9oz can of lightly salted cashews. Not a bridge food, exactly, and totally on my food plan. And, turns out, cashews don't raise my glucose. No matter how many I eat...

hahaha. My plan was to eat a handful. It was a very funny experiment. So glad it was only a 9oz can... I ate the whole thing. In one sitting. So much for "just a handful." sigh.

I didn't bother to get out my magnifiying glass to find out the cal count before I had my one handful. I just assumed they were about 100 cals an ounce. Haha. Not so. After I finsihed the can, I got out the magnifying glass to tally up the damage--160 calories an ounce! :o No calorie deficit yesterday.

Loretta, do you know the thing I kept thinking as I read your post? And the thing I've written all of this to avoid saying? It is this: I don't think I CAN do hard things. I don't. At least not when it comes to weight loss.

For some reason, this post helped me to realize that I'm about done.


Anne H said...

We CAN do hard things!
Simple things.
Easy things.
Needed things!
One little step at a time!

I think you look great - and your little bff is adorable!
Keep on - Loretta - It really can only get better from here!

Christine said...

I am not so original...I got it from a woman's blog...a woman who had lost her 2 year old daughter to a drowning. And I thought...She is right. It is the simplest thing. But the truest. I can do hard things...because sometimes we forget who made us...and what we are capable of. It is helpful to say it out loud. To remind ourselves that we can.

Rettakat said...

DEB, my dear friend. Yes..... you can. Private email on it's way!

carla said...

HUGS and sorries that Im late to this.

but yes.
you can
you ARE
you WILL again today.

you can.


Mom to the Fourth Power said...

I love that saying "You can do hard things". I try and remind myself of that too. I hope you feel better and heal quickly soon! Take care!!

M Pax said...

Ouch! I feel for you. You and Joey are looking good though.

It's amazing what our reactions to change can be. It helps if we can figure out that's what it is.

If you frame it right, you might enjoy it. I find I often have to change my mindset on some things.

You can do hard things. :)

debby said...

Oh my Loretta. Nothing hurts quite as bad as mouth pain. Hope you're feeling better by the time this arrives.

And I totally relate to the reading about something I should avoid and then "going for it." I am way too suggestible.

I like that saying too. Might have to print it out for my refrigerator!

Joy said...

Oh my goodness, I've never been bruised by a dentist before. I am sooo sorry. I hope you get to feeling better soon!

Keep focused!

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