Saturday, April 07, 2012
I found the read to be quite pleasant. I like that Chris went into detail about his life before Sparkpeople. What I identified most with was in his writing about poverty (I'm still there), debt (yepperz), and how through hard work and determination he was able to achieve his goals (fingers crossed).
It is important to approach weight-loss from a holistic perspective, because major weight gain or loss in a short time is typically indicative of other parts of a person's life being out of whack. Slow and steady weight gain is typically due to poor diet and lack of exercise, but Chris did a fine job of explaining how this in time can snowball and become a vicious cycle.
The chapter was thoughtfully written and does not contain any frilly messages about dieting, in fact the impression left is one that in order to achieve any goal, be it weight loss or other wise means changing your life. Taking risks and throwing yourself into life. I like that Chris does not simplify his language or sentence structure. Many "inspirational" or weight-loss texts do this and that is why I haven't read one in years. I detest being spoken to as if I'm a slack-jawed yokel.
Most importantly, I did not want to take the time to write this post. I wanted to hurry up and get to the next chapter. That being said, I am a writer and my not wanting to write is a sin, but there you have it. I feel excited about moving forward and working toward the goals that I will set for myself in the coming chapters.
On a more personal note I recently uprooted my entire life. I moved, changed jobs, took a break from university, and am pursuing my writing career. After all the progress I've made I am really looking forward to continue making health life choices. I was worried that my life might begin to stagnate, but I think beginning with this program I might be able to carry the positive changes I've made into something more tangible.