This week has been a curious exercise in getting to know online support groups. As a fibromyalgia patient I am well aware there are good groups and bad groups just as there are good people and bad people. So far this week I have been told by already the already sleeved: I’m going to die, having goals is unrealistic but the funniest one of all was someone telling me I have a bad attitude because I don’t drink enough water.
At this very moment, I can only guess of what life on my sleeve is really going to be like. As I have read the experiences of others, I think I am getting a pretty good idea. I am even sure that for all my preparation there will be some surprises that’s okay. I know I’ll deal with them as they happen so I can figure out how to be successful. It’s part of the journey–and I am embracing it!
The negative comments have done something really positive. They have helped me remember who I am and who I want to be after my sleeve are really the same person…only a few sizes smaller.
Here’s what I have decided so far:
- I trust my body to talk to me and my mind to listen and respond.
- To every extent possible I will consume only natural sugars.
- I will practice clean eating habits.
- I will move forward with confidence.
- Whole food is my friend.
- Fiber! It keeps me happy and satisfied.
- Health is more important than any numerical measure of my progress.
- Discipline and sacrifice have different meanings.
- Tools plus work equal success!
- My mind, when made up, can accomplish anything!
It has been a long day and I still do not understand why people have to be so mean. But, I also know it is something I am never going to understand.
I have absolutely decided to ask as few questions as possible to avoid negative and/or ill-informed answers because they bother me. This is my journey and I am going to give it my 110-percent. At the end of the day, I am going to have to live with every single choice I make. I am going to make good choices. I am going to have a healthy life.