I'd say my biggest struggle in the past few years has been maintaining a weight that makes me feel confident. I have ulcerative colitis, so I go through periods of time on Prednisone and other steroids that have ridiculous side effects. It'll take me just 2 weeks to gain 10 pounds but then months to take the extra weight off.
The other issue is that I'm pretty sure I have some sort of food addiction. I love food, and I love food that's terrible for you. I didn't grow up eating fruits, vegetables, salads, and a variety of fish, so at 31, I'm not a terribly "adventurous" eater. One of my students brought me a mango a few years ago to try since I had never had one, and I'm still not a convert.
I know that I'm capable of losing the weight and keeping it off. You can read about my successful experience this past winter with my favorite app, My Fitness Pal, in THIS post. I need to buckle down and just get these last few pounds off for good! Luckily, I enjoy my workouts, so if I can match my diet to my workouts, I'll be good. Did you check out today's Tuesday Training post?
With the advent of social media, I think another struggle I deal with is envy. I know that most people are showing only the highlight reel, and I also know that Robert and I are pretty responsible with our money. We've paid off both of our cars, have money from his grandmother put away for the majority of the kids' college tuition, and we don't live beyond our means. We pay off our credit cards and simply just don't buy what we can't afford.
That being said, I'm still quite envious of the people who are able to travel often either with their spouse or their whole family. And of course I'm jealous of the women who can afford to purchase $50 pants and $100 shoes. Are these people actually able to pay for these expenses each month or are they racking up debt on their purchases and vacations? I don't know, but I do know that comparison is the thief of joy. A girl can dream though, especially about a tropical vacation, right?
The last struggle is one that I don't feel I struggle with really but more something I do that others struggle with - I'm the same person to everyone I meet. I'm not going to act one way with co-workers and a different way with friends. I am who I am, and I think people will tell you that I call it like I see it and tell it like it is. I'm not going to suck up to you and pretend to be someone I'm not so that you'll like me, and it's pretty much scientifically impossible for me to be fake and play nice just for show- that one infuriates Robert, but I just can't do it.
I think along those same lines, if you've earned my trust and respect, I'm a true blue friend. I'm 100% guilty of being loyal to a fault, and I don't partake in one-sided friendships. You do me wrong, you're out. I'm definitely not someone who has thousands of Facebook friends, and I'm okay with that. You either love me or hate me, but don't expect me to change to become your friend.
Do you struggle with similar things? Have you had success in overcoming your struggles? Tell me about it in the comments below!
I'm back tomorrow for another link-up, and then on Thursday, my blogging buddies Lisa, Holly, Tara, Trina and Sara, and I are hosting our monthly link-up to share about our summer fun and plans! I hope you'll join us! See you soon!