Let It Go! – How to handle it when others don’t understand your passions.

Good morning, I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. Mine is quiet and relaxing. The big girls are out on a sleep over and Tim went into work. Miss O is singing along to her iPad and I am sitting here enjoying my morning coffee thinking about today’s intention –

Let It Go!!

Why did I pick this intention you may ask?

Tonight we are having a typical family dinner at my Dad’s house. My Dad is a wonderful cook, there will be prime rib, pototoes, some sort of vegetable and dinner rolls. He makes a MEAN prime Rib, probably one of the best I have ever eaten. Here is where the my intention will come into play. I can and will eat meat and white potatoes. I don’t love that sort of meal. I prefer a leaner cut of meat and vegetables with more nutritional value than corn and white potatoes. I will groan when he uses whole milk for the vegetables and groan even more when he offers 35% cream for my coffee. But I survive.

Tim, on the other hand, has made a very strong choice to try to lose his extra weight (its a lot of weight). He doesn’t want potatoes and starchy veggies right now. So last night we decided to bring a salad, no biggie right???

WRONG

When Tim and I load our plates with that tastey salad and meat and nothing else, we will hear the comments. I will hear “oh Jenn there is nothing wrong with Tim the way he is.” “Why can’t you just leave the guy alone”. As usual I will hear how wrong my eating style has become and “WHY CAN’T YOU JUST EAT NORMAL.” “When will you stop doing that to your body” – I am not really sure what exactly I am doing to my body besides fuelling it with real wholesome foods and avoiding the chemical garbage others tend to enjoy (Kraft Dinner, processed meats, pop,chips, toll house cookies).

For years these comments have hurt. For years they have stung. I have only the best interest for myself and my family. I don’t want my daughters eating fruit roll ups, candy and pringles. I don’t want to eat white bread and other processed foods.

I have not FORCED my food beliefs on anyone, why should what I eat or do bother anyone else. Many people would say :

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But I don’t think its that. I KNOW that my Dad and brother LOVE me. I think its just comes down to:

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One of the toughest parts of changing your life style is coping with those around you who’s ideals and values don’t align with your changes.

To be truly HONEST it is extremely DIFFICULT to be the only one training and eating clean. Most people simply do not UNDERSTAND your dedication. The simply think something is wrong with you to have these desires. Even my Chiro, an educated highly active, healthy individual who values fitness and clean eating thinks I am completely CRAZY for wanting to run 42.2 K this fall!!

So My advice to you and to myself is to:

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Know that your choices make you happy and are helping you to reach your goals! Just smile and sing “Let it Go!”

Workout recap:

Thursday – Piyo upper AND 40 minutes of Yoga at school (it was an awesome way to start the day)

Friday – Rest Day, curling with the hubs and our friends.

Saturday – Piyo Sweat and 25 mins on the bike trainer (need to toughen up those buns of mine, EEK!!!)

Sunday – Piyo core and a walk or swim planned.

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Meal Planning January 18 – 24, 2015

I am linking up with Jill and Laura in their What’s For Dinner Sunday Link up!!

 

Sunday – Family Dinner

Monday – Pork tenderloin, roasted vegetables (didn’t get to it last week)

Tuesday – Tacos, with lettuce instead of wraps

Wednesday – Spaghetti Squash with homemade Tomato Sauce

Thursday – Left overs

Friday – Pizza and salad

Saturday – Burgers and roasted veggies

Breakfasts –  Green smoothies with Shakeology during the week, pancakes and or oatmeal on weekends.

Snacks – Yogurt, fruit, veggies, protein bars

Lunch – Eggs and veggies, leftover pork w/ salad

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Whats on you meal plan this week?

Does your family support you? Or do go it alone?

*** I do have a lot of support from friends and family, its not all negative. I just don’t think they understand my passion, which is very common!****

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4 thoughts on “Let It Go! – How to handle it when others don’t understand your passions.

  1. Love that you’re letting go of what they’re saying! I love that quote about people not understanding your journey and how that’s not necessary, because it’s not theirs. ❤ So true! My family doesn't completely understand mine (I keep trying to gently convert them 😡 ), but aside from random unnecessary comments, they usually support me.

    And…I'm going to be humming "Let It Go" in my head for the next week, haha. Good thing I'm working at a pediatric office right now! 😛

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    1. LOL I had it in my head for a long time too. Its hard when you live a different lifestyle. Luckily i am in a good place and it is therefore easier to “let it go” 🙂

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  2. Oh friend your words are more true that you know. I’m so fortunate that my husband and kids get it. They don’t think it’s weird when I take a smoothie if they want to eat out. Like you said, it’s hard for people to understand the commitment and passion we have.

    Want to hear something crazy? I was told that someone will not eat lunch in the staff room if I’m in there. Seriously. I don’t even talk about nutrition and fitness unless I’m asked. And, they feel like they have to hide the candy bar they’re eating if I walk in. Crazy stuff right.

    Sorry for the rambling 🙂

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    1. Ramble away, thats why we share 🙂 I totally see your side. I don’t judge, I don’t want to be judged! My friends though don’t understand my point of view and really don’t get that I don’t want to go out for pizza and wings. nor do they understand why I want to swim instead of watch a movie. Oh well, if we were all the same the world would be boring! Thanks for commenting!!!

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