Hard choices

“It’s too hard.”

How many times have you heard these words?

Maybe it was you who said them.

Or a spouse, child or co-worker.

Some things are hard.

Living in pain. Financial challenges. Emotional upheavals. Relationship struggles.

Other things are really … not that hard.  It’s just perspective.

My regular readers know I’ve been exercising and eating healthier most of the time. I’m feeling the results.   Clothes are looser, my face is leaner, and my rings spin.  I sleep great. I feel w-e-l-l.

Unlike prior attempts, this is no longer a temporary fix, this must be a lifelong choice for me.

Where the challenges come are when we’re out with friends.  Last night at bowling, for example, someone thoughtfully ordered snacks for the table.  Everything was fried and everything was delicious.  But this morning, I can feel the grease and salt.

Today’s a new day.  And I’m making the hard choices, again.

Have you taken a more active role in your health? What obstacles do you face in meeting your goals?







Categories: Attitude, Beauty, Determination, Faith, fear, Food, Growth, Life, Personal, Relationships, Self Discovery, Thoughts, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

Post navigation

25 thoughts on “Hard choices

  1. I am one of those very weird people who actually likes healthy food. Mostly I don’t like appetizers because they are deep fried or full of fat. I don’t feel good after eating them so I pass them up easily. That’s not to say I am perfect. Potato chips are my down fall and I would rather pig out on that then deep fried mozzarella sticks. You are right though. It’s a life choice that’s forever (except for my occasional chip noshing). Oh yeah…forgot about the ice cream…..

    • I love most foods – healthy and otherwise. I didn’t have to eat any of it -but I did. It was tasty and naughty and probably 4000 calories at once. Don’t regret it but I sure do feel it today — that’s a lesson in itself I think 🙂

      I can skip the iced cream but chips are my downfall, too 🙂


  2. Isn’t it odd how quickly your body adjusts to healthier choices then “reminds” you why ditched the ” old ways” to begin with? 😉

    Good for you!! Keep after it!

    • It really is. I didn’t have all that much of it but it was enough to leave me feeling the effects today. Enough of that 🙂
      Thanks for the support – it’s hard to change old habits – but it’s do-able.

      A great quote I read recently was this one, “You can exercise an hour a day. It’s the other 23 hours of food choices that are the kicker!” So true!

  3. Oh dear, you ask this on a weekend? Guilty of potato chips, onion dip to go with them, snickers bites and french fries on Saturday. But today it was baby carrots and broccoli to go with the onion dip before a lunch of broiled fish, green salad and fruit salad. I’m pretty good 6/7 days, but Saturday I do kick back and enjoy. Have a great weekend, MJ.

  4. I’m with you, MJ: I can pass by the ice cream, but not those chips!


  6. Yes. Last spring I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I completely changed my diet. I also did energy healing around that issue. All the (energy) work I’d done around having an eating addiction really paid off, because when I changed my diet (permanently), it was relatively easy. It made all the difference in the world for me. Since then I have lost over 70 lbs and had to have my wedding ring resized down. (And I no longer have diabetes). But I’m still working on adding the exercise piece. Kudos to you in your changes!

  7. MJ,
    I love the phrase “being overweight is hard”. Never thought of it that way, but that is so true. Much harder to deal with being overweight and all the awful health issues it brings, than living healthy. Good luck on your journey to feeling w-e-l-l. Am on the same path!

  8. I love your perspective, MJ. So much of life is hard, and I find the eating/exercise part particularly so. I used to be disciplined about these kinds of things, but I’ve lapsed. And, yes, eating out with friends is the worse!

    I’m trying to get my butt back in the saddle. I did manage to post something a month ago, but have been busy teaching workshops, looking at self-hosting my blog and writing my memoir (yes, I’ve been doing that), but I will make an effort to get something new out this week, including photos of our new home. Sorry to have been absent of late.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • It’s a slippery slope – and I’m someone who is either all in or nearly all out.

      We’ve missed you, Kathy, but I am happy to hear all that you’re up to ~ and know you’ll post an update soon 🙂 MJ

  9. Oh, MJ, I am at the same place! And it’s hard. But it’s time. Time to buckle down and work a lot harder at looking and feeling great. But it’s hard. Today I had lunch at a healthy foods place. I ordered chicken salad on a bed of greens – no bread. I got the salad on the greens with a side of crackers! 🙂

    • And I hope what you ordered was delicious!
      We just do the best we can most of the time – I’m still going to have some pie at Thanksgiving but there’s a lot of other stuff I can happily skip. The ‘aha’ for me was how miserable I felt after one night of naughty foods = wake up call!!


  10. Oh, I KNOW! I ate more sugar this week than I typically do – and I felt it. I had a dull headache the day after a sugar binge.

    I’ve slowly come around to healthy habits in my life. It’s been hard. We grew up in a generation that didn’t really know how to be healthy, didn’t really know how bad some things were for the body. And the attitude seemed to be that it wasn’t necessary to exercise if you didn’t need to lose weight. (Exercise was NOT important in my family.) I had to come to certain realizations on my own. Exercise and eating well is important not just for weight loss, but for general health and well-being.

    • Yep and yep!

      We ran around and played as kids so it wasn’t a concerted effort to exercise – but we skated, rode bikes, etc. so we were always getting some. And every good meal was made with butter and home-made bread. We had garden veggies but also lots from mom’s cannery. The lesson for me was, unless I’m running around like I did as a kid, I can’t eat the same portions anymore 🙂

      Exercise does help me sleep better and feel good though, and I like that part of it! MJ

  11. My biggest obstacle is me! When my exercise routine gets interrupted, I have a hard time getting back on track.

Please share your thoughts:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create a free website or blog at

Connie Rosser Riddle

Connecting with people in my path

Atypical 60

A Typical Blog. A Typical Woman. A Typical Take On Life. With An Atypical Twist!

A New Day Dawns

Arise, shine, for your light has come...Isaiah 60

Virginia Views

Country Living for Beginners

Waiting for the Karma Truck

thoughts on the spaces in between

Views and Mews by Coffee Kat

Kate's views on life edited by four opinionated cats

Renee Johnson Writes

Novelist, Traveler, and More

Life Is A Journey... Not A Guided Tour

My Journey From Merchant Mariner to Mother, And Spiritual Being.


Nancy Roman

Flamidwyfe's Blog

Midwifing women all over the world!

Operation Gratitude Blog

Care Packages for Deployed U.S. Troops, Veterans, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, First Responders & Military Children

Hot Rod Cowgirl

Riding Through Life One Horse At A Time...Courage Is Being Scared To Death But Saddling Up Anyway!

She's A Maineiac

just another plaid-wearin' java-sippin' girl

The View Out Here

A view in pictures, from me to you

I also live on a farm

Just another weblog

Undercover Surfer

...random thoughts and images overflowing from my brain

Wordsmith's Desk

some thoughts along the way

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

music, poetry, musings, photography and philosophy from a woman who found her way back home and wants you to come over for a hike and a cocktail.

Georgette Sullins's Blog

My view of the cow parade

these days of mine

Stop in and see what's happening during these days of mine

Writingfeemail's Blog

Random observations on writing and life

Grace and Life

Looking for grace notes in life's journey...

When I Ride...

How life coaches me as I ride...



%d bloggers like this: