Reclaiming My Life — Self Control Is Strength

_🦋At 7 years old and in 1st grade at Catholic school, my class had a raffle. By far the greatest gift on the table was a beautiful Rosary. All my friends were oohing and awing. My number was picked first. Not wanting to upset the apple cart, I chose a (in my mind) beautiful pin cushion that I could bring home to my mom (who sewed our clothes). I passed on the “rosary” so that the next child could have it.

_🦋This “people pleasing” attitude can work against your self worth as you grow up. I felt such a need to be accepted that I often took advice that I didn’t always believe was necessary for my life. That ever happen to you?

_🦋Even today, do you hear “You’re too heavy.” Or “You’ve lost enough weight. You’re too skinny.” “You should do my diet/fad.” “You should worship God my way.” You should buy a house not rent.” You should allow your child to be in debt to student loans. They need to feel that ‘crippling’ weight.” And so on, and so on, and so on.

_🦋I have grown tremendously mentally to realize most people mean well, but ultimately I am responsible for MY life. 🙌Should I change my weight solely to make them feel better? 🤦‍♀️ I think when I presented myself with that question, I began to stick to my own convictions more.

_🦋You know what’s best for your life! You’ve got this. When I need help I first go to my spouse and then if it’s fitness related, I’ll check with the person I’m paying to help me. But even then it’s still ultimately up to me!

_🦋Don’t allow others to control the direction of your life! Self-control is strength. #beyou, #youareawesome, #mondaymotivation, #reclaimingpatty, #selflove, #wlstories, #wlstories8, #rheumatoidarthritiswarrior, #selfcontrol, #bestronginyourconvictions, #selfloveisthebestlove, #dontchangeforothers

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