Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Food and fitness and all that to follow, as I think of things to blog about (which I'm sure won't be hard, I have LOTS TO SAY about EVERYTHING, ALWAYS)... I thought I'd start with why my page is called this.
I've been "trying," on and off, to lose weight different ways with varying amounts of motivation and success for probably ten years. I've been overweight for longer than that, I just don't think I really tried very hard before that. Actually, I did an ill-advised "replace your meals with gross shakes and pills" thing in high school briefly, so that would actually put my first attempt at 13 years ago.
I've read a lot over the years about weight loss - stupid pointless magazine articles, useless advice, mean comments about fat people, confusing and conflicting medical advice, and other people's thoughts - both successful and unsuccessful.
One of my all time favorites is a blog called Losing the Cow. No longer updated, but some of the early entries really helped me think in new ways about weight loss, size, and all the psychological nonsense that comes along with being obese for most of your life.
Whether we like it or not (and I think for most of us? NOT.) a lot of losing weight and keeping it off is mental. Habits are hard to change. It's even harder when weight and food are so intimately entwined with how you see yourself, with WHO you feel you are as a person. I don't think I understood that before reading about it from the perspective of someone who succeeded at losing weight after failing many times, and spent a lot of time thinking about all of this, plus is really excellent at articulating all those thoughts and ideas.
It's almost impossible for me to think and talk about this stuff without reminding myself of Losing the Cow. I think the biggest idea I got from there, that informs my whole I guess philosophy about weight loss, is this:
Changing your habits enough, and sticking to new ones consistently enough, to lose a lot of weight is simultaneously a big deal, an impressive and difficult accomplishment, AND made up of a bunch of stuff that individually is not really a big deal.
Big deal: "I completely overhauled my eating and fitness habits and lost 120 pounds!" (I hope to say this sometime next year...)
Not a big deal: "This morning, I didn't have time to make breakfast before I left the house, so instead of getting a bagel with cream cheese at the drive through I stopped at the grocery store and bought a yogurt and some unsweetened frozen fruit."
I mean, that's it really. If I do the "not a big deal" stuff consistently, for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner, for long enough, it adds up to the big deal.
Linda explains it better, but it boils down to 1) just because something is simple, doesn't mean it's easy, BUT 2) remind yourself that it IS simple. It's not some magical thing that you'd have to be superhuman to accomplish. You can totally do this. WE can totally do this.
Better, famous original version:
After you've read that, you can follow my Non-Magical, Non-Mystery Tour right here.