Tuesday, May 01, 2012
I just started reading The Beck Diet Solution, and as a counseling student I am thrilled to have found a CBT approach to weight loss and maintenance. In fact, I can't believe that I ever tried to lose weight in the past without preparing myself in this way.
So, without further ado, here are my Advantages to Losing Weight:
So I don't have to be worried that my shoes, underwear, heart rate monitor, hat, bra, wedding ring, coat, sweatshirt, or airplane seatbelt won't fit.
So I don't have to untag Facebook pictures of myself, avoid going to the doctor, lie on my driver's license, feel shock in seeing myself in photos, shop in the plus size department, or cringe thinking about my high school reunion.
So J will be proud of me, want to be with me, and feel attracted to me.
So my health isn't compromised by a bad back, 51% body fat, triglycerides of 254, and blood pressure that makes the nurse frown. So I donít have to worry that something is going physically wrong with me, like a blood clot, heart attack, or stroke.
So I don't have to miss out on cross country skiing with my daughter, rock climbing with my kids, or being able to complete the hiking trail. So I can run a 5k, join Jís volleyball team, and bike a century. Heck, so I wonít have difficulty doing daily tasks like getting up off the floor and tying my shoes, etc.
So I can fit into cute outdoorsy clothes at REI. So I wonít have to struggle to get clothes on, have clothes that ride up or are too tight, have to wonder whether Iíve outgrown something since the last time I wore it, or have to buy more clothes because Iíve gotten too big.
So I set a good example for my kids, and be alive to be a grandma to their children. And not just any grandma, but one whoís active, lively, and able to enjoy old age.
So I can be a fit, up for anything, strong, energetic, active person, with a positive outlook and optimism again.
So I can look in the mirror and feel good about myself, knowing that I accomplished something important. So I donít feel so dumpy, but I can actually feel attractive again.
So I donít always look around to see if Iím the fattest one in the room. So I can make a better first impression on people, and not have to feel self-conscious about whether they think Iím weak, out of control, or killing myself with my extra pounds.
So I can feel more in control, no hiding food, eating out of control, or feeling ashamed of how much I eat. So I am not constantly on the hunt for food at every convenience store, vending machine, meeting, and social event. So that I donít schedule extra trips to coffee shops to do work when what I really want to do is eat. So that food doesnít rule my life.
So I can live longer.