Monday, January 03, 2011
We often think of weight loss as the cure for all of our ills. "If I just lose weight, I will be able to...." If we are blaming the fat for everything, then when we lose weight, we can be disappointed.
When I get back to a normal weight, I should be able to reverse my diabetes, move more easily and find it easier to shop for clothing. It won't make my fibromyalgia go away. I'll still live with chronic pain and brain fog. I'll still have asthma. I'll still get depressed. It won't change my personality. It won't make people like me. It won't make it so I can go back to work.
What weight loss does is make us healthier. It also lets us see that we can be successful in making changes. If we can change our eating and exercise behaviors, we can change other behaviors too. I've already been able to set goals, achieve them and accomplish a lot with my life. I don't have to wait until I'm thinner to do that. So, I've set some new goals for the new year that have nothing to do with weight loss. I'm going to be writing more and being on the internet less. I'm going to be spending time doing things I love like music and art. I'm going to be feeding my soul while taking better care of my body. How about you? What are you going to do this year?