Saturday, July 07, 2012
I'm sure just about everyone reading this blog has been very ill at some point in their life and seen a physician for a "cure". Many of you were probably given a prescription to help you overcome your particular sickness. When you were small your medicine came in the form of a liquid suspension or syrup. Though they masked it with cherry or bubble gum flavoring that bitter undertaste still remained. As an adult I'm sure you have had the experience of a pill beginning to dissolve in your mouth before you could swig some water down. NASTY - BITTER - MEDICINE!
Why did you take it? Because the doctor told you it would help you overcome your illness. You took it though it was not pleasant doing so. I suspect some of you have even wished you could get your hands on some of those bitter meds quickly without having to wait in an immediate care clinic or for an appointment with your doctor. My point here is that you endure the bitter pill because you desire the cure!
So why is it that we aren't as willing to endure the "bitter pill" when it comes to weight loss? We know it's an effective cure. We don't even have to have a prescription or wait with other sick people on those uncomfortable chairs in the waiting room. WHY do we live with the illness and in some cases see it grow only worse with time.
I avoided that pill for 32 years. Oh I would take tiny doses of it here and there. I would join a weight reduction program gung-ho and fizzle out in about the 2nd or 3rd week. I would begin an exercise regimen only to allow other things to push it off my schedule. I would buy beautiful produce and healthy proteins only to have them expire/wilt and be tossed.
So let's get honest. What part of the cure is it that's holding you back? Is it exercise? It has been widely publicized that four 15 minute sessions are just as effective as one hour long workout. Why not try to get FIVE minutes of cardio today and grow it by one minute each day? You don't have to belong to a gym. You can walk the stairs in your house, make a circuit up and down your driveway, do strength training with a broom and two soup cans. You just have to move your body and do it with consistency. Is that really so bitter?
Okay - the biggie - FOOD. Yes I understand you love your burritos and margaritas. You can't live without your biscuits, gravy, eggs, and bacon. You would simply DIE without that hot fudge cake or cherry pie. You can't imagine not swinging through the drive through for that shake and fries. Remember - I have been there. Here is the thing. This bitter pill is not a lifelong ban on everything you love. Yes, until you start to "recover" you may have to pass on those foods for a time, but nothing says that you can't calculate your calories and indulge in a portion control of your favorite foods. I do. I've lost 76+ pounds. It's just you have to lay off them to get your body healing. Try it just for a week. Then at the end of the week allow yourself to weigh/measure out a portion of one of your favorite foods and include it as part of your calorie range.
What's the third part of this cure? Consistency. If you are sick and prescribed a pill 2 x a day you can't take it on Tuesday and Saturday only and expect to get well. Do you see that this journey requires your daily effort? If you allow yourself to "slack" on Friday/Saturday/Sunday you are giving up on 157 days in a year. That's 43% of 2012 (leap year 366 days). You can't be successful if you are off the medicine for 43% of the time. If you add to that New Year's, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Oktoberfest, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, your birthday and a 7 day vacation we now have 178 days or 49% of the year (just shy of 1/2). I don't know how to make this any more clear than to say you either decide you want the cure or you don't. There is no part time regimen that leads to any sustained success.
Yes, the cure for this malady is one that must be taken like clockwork. It may taste a bit bitter. It may get very old, but it's a proven cure. You can start now. Instead of heading out for that gourmet burger, fries and shake, why not opt for a chicken breast and veggie? You still get to go out and have fun. Rather than sitting at the computer and playing Farmville on Facebook or WOW how about lacing up your tennis shoes and going for a walk or popping an ACTION game into the game console. Instead of buying those cookies, candies, and chips at the store for "the kids" why not be healthy and buy fresh fruit and low-calorie frozen treats.
This is that one body you have been given. Time to take that bitter pill. You know it's for your own good!