Sunday, November 28, 2010
Effort is a special word. It is easy to spell, relatively easy to define, yet it is hard to convey the meaning to so many people. I spend a great amount of time on this site reading people's blogs and questions and it never ceases to amaze me how people overlook the word "effort".
We live in a quick fix society. No time to cook...grab fast food. No time to shop...buy on the computer. No time to write checks to pay bills...pay them on the computer. No time to__________...I am sure you can find a gadget, person, etc. that will instantly take care of your problem. We have a convenient society and we abuse it mightily!
We spend years fighting weight problems, incorrectly and therefore we just keep adding on weight. Gimmicks, fads, pills, drinks,--you name it we try it and to no avail. We DO NOT become overweight over-night, but we are going to fix the problem in mere months! I admire people that suddenly decide that they need to drop 30 pounds for a wedding, graduation, reunion, etc. I am glad they are motivated to finally start...but to lose 2.5 or three pounds a week, steadily for 10 or 12 weeks? Lucky people! I guess they have never experienced a plateau and bless those that have not figured out that just restricting calories with a 5 minute walk twice a week is NOT going to get the results they want.
We eat too much and we exercise too little. I find this to be the cold, hard truth. Eating a salad is wonderful but if you add bacon bits, croutons, cheese, and dressing to the point you are having a little salad with your Ranch....NOT going to work! Eat 1300 calories everyday of the week and wonder why you cheat on the weekend?
Effort comes into play. If you truly want to lose weight and keep it off then you are going to have to make an effort, and not just a little effort. Effort is going to have to become your main "WORD of the Day" and it is going to enable you develop healthy habits.
It takes effort to log and change your diet. It takes effort to stick to it and not to continuously cheat. It takes effort to find time to exercise everyday and then it takes effort to actually do the exercise. It takes effort to make healthy decisions and to keep yourself away from situations that are unhealthy. Effort, Effort, Effort...there is just no way around it. If you do not like to exercise, be prepared to not lose all of the weight you would like to lose. It takes effort to find something you like to do and yes, it takes effort to do whatever it is you have decided you like to do.
Don't give up! I realize that many people are struggling to eat right and to exercise, making an effort to change their life-styles to become healthy, happier individuals. If exercise is hard for you...do what you can and practice a plus one attitude. If you struggle to get 10000 steps per day....add just one step a day. If you lift, run, cycle...whatever it is you do....add just one rep, one second, one mile...everyday. You are making the effort. It will pay off, but it will not happen over night!
I have been criticized lately for the amount of effort I put into exercising and eating right. I feel sorry for those that do not understand the amount of effort it takes me to keep my weight where it is. As far as exercise goes....I love it! It IS NOT easy for me....but I keep making the effort. Join me, will you?