“Once you get ‘it’, you have to give it away to keep it. It’s a gift” – FatDag’s friend regarding recovery from addiction (posted on WW Connect).
I have been listening to so many books lately to feed my my mind and keep me motivated and everything seems to fall into place and I find what I need when I need it. I started a couple of weeks ago with a book called “The Life Changing Magic of not giving a Fuck” by Sarah Knight, Wow oh wow was there freedom in that book for me. Finally permission to stop giving a fuck about every little thing. I have been slowly removing guilt from my life and this book was the swift kick in the ass that I needed. I realized that like Sarah says, I really do have a Fuck Budget and I can only give so many fucks and then I am all out, so I have to choose what I spend them on. This book is one I highly recommend. She discusses how not to be an asshole while being direct about what you will no longer be giving your fucks to.
I followed up with her book called “Get your Shit Together.” It is quite a nice sequel to the first and also was exactly what I needed. While I haven’t done all the exercises in this book, it inspired me to tackle the mess that is our family financial situation. Apparently if you avoid looking at the checking account regularly, it doesn’t magically grow. Who knew?
And now, I discovered Mel Robbins on YouTube and just started her book “Stop Saying You’re Fine” and while I am not far into it, it has begun to inspire me to start making some of my dreams a reality.
My dream is to have weight loss success, and someday help people who have struggled with their weight all their lives like I have. I want to encourage and inspire them. I want them to realize, like I have started to, that it isn’t just about getting the weight off. It is about gaining the mental and physical freedom that comes with not being weighed down by the pounds, the guilt, and the disappointment that comes with a lifetime of failed attempts at weight loss. There is freedom on the other side and I want people to experience that.
I was starting to doubt my dream and wonder in the sea of voices discussing weight loss how I could be unique or different or even add anything to the conversation. But I have decided after the FatDag quote above that I am not going to worry about any of that. I have been given a gift and if I don’t give it away, I will lose it.
I am committing to waking up everyday and finding a way to give that gift away.
What gift have you been given? What dream have you been sitting on? What are you allowing fear to stop you from doing?