Saturday, December 01, 2012
I work with a male coworker. He rides his bike to work every day. He eats healthy. He looks good. He mentioned the other day he had gained 5 pounds in a month. He now understood how easy it was to gain 50-60 pounds in a year "if you weren't paying attention". He hadn't been riding his bike because of the rain. He had been eating more Halloween candy, and more food in general. He also stated he was going to eat less, "nip this in the bud". He doesn't now talk daily about this and obsess over it,
He has never been on a "diet". He doesn't really "workout". He lives healthy. I found him to be very motivating He didn't get all crazy and depressed, declare it hopeless, talk about how unfair it all was, and bemoan the rain to any great degree. He just stated a fact about the weight he had gained and that he needed to eat less. He isnt waiting until January or next week.
I was surprised he had even weighed himself. He wouldn't have needed to. He looks great! I avoided the scale until I had to just look. And I asked myself how this coud happen because I am mostly still exercising. Mostly...I have been sick, and missed a few burnt calories. I have also eaten more calories. So, of course, I have gained a few pounds. I did not jump right back on the the health wagon. The rain, not feeling good, wanting to eat the treats, all have dragged me down.
But now, I can either keep sliding into that needing to lose weight hole, which will only get deeper and blacker, or I can start getting healthy right now. So, starting Today, I will get up and go walk in the rain, because I just do more outside than I do on the elliptical. For me, it is a myth to say I will spend same amount of time on the elliptical as when I go outside. For me, it s a myth to say the treats I bring into the house will be eaten over x amount of time. Those myths only work until I am hungry or tired. Then they fall right down, like the untruths that they are.
I have to do this right now, or next spring I will exactly be starting over. I do not want to do that. The fat clothes are gone. The diabetes was gone. The cholesterol was better. The blood pressure was better. I don't want those problems back.