Finding the Silver Lining

Even in times of stress, anxiety, or doubt, we can prevail, and come out the other side better than when we went in.

By Kenneth Selke

Over the last few weeks I have tried to be very conscious of every single bite of food I take in. I think I have been hindering my progress with seemingly innocent uncounted “bites, licks, and tastes”. My recent weigh-ins have resulted in a few gains, and I've grown sick and tired of it! So, this week, I set out to track every little thing that I ate, so that at the end of the week, I could look back and know beyond a shadow of a doubt why I lost (or gained). I was more detailed in my Tracker than ever before — for instance, I usually would just write “sandwich... 9 SmartPoints®” in my tracker, but this week, I went one step further, breaking it down to the bread, meat, cheese, vegetables, condiments and their respective SmartPoints® values. It takes a little more time, yes, but it was extremely worthwhile. After this week of eating and tracking every single food, I lost over 2 lbs. Staying accountable and taking a little more time to be thorough seems well worth the effort after the experience I had this week. Now it’s time for me to make it a habit (again!).

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Tracking provides me with a bit of a sense of mental reassurance, which is hugely valuable especially during periods of stress. This past month has been turbulent to say the least, but that’s how life goes. Erin and I found out this month that after our rental lease ends at the end of August, we will need to find a new place to live. Our landlord is having work done on the property, which ultimately will end in our house being rendered “unlivable” for a lengthy period. Rather than get into a battle with our landlord, who is a really sweet lady, we decided to accept the notice and begin looking for a new home. The thought of not knowing where we are going to live in less than 30 days is more than stressful — it’s downright scary to me. The worst part of all of this is that we LOVED this house out in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nature. One of the nicest features of living here is the property itself, a heavily wooded area with plenty of hiking trails, flowing streams, and wildlife. The night that Erin and I came to terms with what we were going to do, we decided to take a hike together and enjoy every last day we have here.

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Instead of getting upset, stressing, or worrying, we got out of our funk with the hike. It wasn’t 100% about fitting in activity or exercising, it was more about appreciating what we have, and a way to meditate. Yes, we went on a grueling hike, but we also set out to soak up as much of what we love as we could, knowing our days are numbered at this beautiful place. I know I’m guilty in a lot of ways of taking things for granted in my life, but part of this journey is about more than just eating and exercising, it’s about finding the love for YOUR life, and living “in the now,” being present in all things. Even when a situation seems dark and daunting, there is light to be found.

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