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You're what???

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

If you were told today, right now, that you have a disease that makes losing or gaining weight and losing or gaining fat LITERALLY impossible -- that the weight you are NOW is the weight you will be FOREVER -- what would you do?

At first, do you think it would be fun and enjoyable?? Or would it be a curse??

-- Would you eat out all the time, knowing you won't gain weight? Would you skip the veggies you don't like, because the calories savings no longer matter?

...Or would you eat to fuel your body correctly? You know nutrition is important, but would you be able to give up on the rules alltogether? Since "rules no longer apply," would it be easier to eat healthy food because you WANT to, instead of because you HAVE to? Would you be able realize that the nasty foods, grease, fat, and sugar slow you down and make you tired and lethargic?

-- Would you stop exercising because you know it's no longer going to help you lose inches? Would it be easier to take the day off? I mean, why work out and get a sweaty if you won't see results??

...Or would you still have the motivation to work out, knowing your heart, lungs, vessels, and entire body still NEED that exercise? Would you start to realize you're loosing your stamina and flexibility? Would you realize you're tired all the time because your body is out of shape? Would you still exercise to stay strong, even though it meant you'd never lose a pants size?

-- Would you care for yourself any differently? Would you dress any differently? Would you wear comfortable clothes because you're stuck with the uncomfortable body you're in? Would you hate yourself and regret not losing weight earlier so you'd be stuck in a healthier body when the "disease" hit?

...Or would you learn to embrace the body you're in, no matter how big? Could you learn to work it? Would you figure out which clothes flaunt it best, instead of which clothes "hide" it best? Would you make it up and make it beautiful, and learn to be one with it, no matter what it looks like?

~ I'm kinda stuck on this one... I seem to not be happy with myself. I don't dress well, I hate exercising. I"ve never really been in shape or ate healthy, so every step is a learning step, and I don't really have any condition to "get back to."

~I can sometimes lose weight or maintain weight when I'm not "trying," but as soon as I "TRY" I seem to get stressed and either stall or gain weight. And I get stressed out. Why? I think because I'm try too hard for all-or-nothing, and I'm not doing it for the right reasons...

~ I keep waiting to live, until I'm skinnier or happier or prettier or richer. What a load of crock!! I'm me, even now! I'm 27, and not getting ANY younger! Why wait?? I have to learn to love myself and embrace who I am, because I may never get the chance to be skinny. JUST DO IT!!

~ A year from now, you'll wish you had started today! ~

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JENDOOD 9/22/2011 2:47PM

    One of the "motivators" I guess for putting these thoughts together is - what happens when one gets to maintenance? I've read about a lot of people who tried so hard to get to goal, and suddenly felt they had nothing left to work for... I definitely know what I need to work on!!

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JOLINEMR 9/22/2011 2:03PM

    Good thought experiment. I'm not sure how I would respond. I enjoy exercise for its own sake once I get going, but I'm not sure I could get past the I don't wannas if I also didn't have the lure of potential fat loss. Food would be even more problematic, since I have sacrificed some of my favorite foods because they hinder weight loss. I would still eat the fruits and veggies because I like them, but would probably also eat those foods I've cut out, which also happen to be allergy stressors to me - dairy, wheat, potatoes. I'm going to have to keep thinking about this.

Thank you!

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APIRLRAIN888 9/20/2011 10:53PM

    thanks you! that is great! I LOVED it!!!!

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JENDOOD 9/20/2011 10:49PM

    Apirlrain - your example of your before and afters is actually one of the things I've had in mind about this article.

Here's a website I stumbled across, to kinda drive my point home about embracing your body - I *LOVE* it:

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APIRLRAIN888 9/20/2011 9:37PM

    i don't know! b.c i am 10lbs heavier, but got into my size 6, and running better than when i was lighter!

this was just in spring, i took a break.... so hard to say! in my 5 wks BACK here i have super charged to make changes with no WEIGHT change!!!

So does make the question irrelevant?
in this 5 wks, no weight change
0 miles to running 6 miles in full, 1st 10k race this wknd
watch me shrink challenge, i shrunk (6), and can pull up size 4
can swim nonstop 2.5 miles 165 lap!
Learnt to eat better

all better than last time i was here ar 160 when i could do these for the first time ;p

Comment edited on: 9/20/2011 9:38:17 PM

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