Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Several months ago, I gradually walked away from all weight-loss and exercise attempts, and straight into the arms of self-neglect, gluttony, and guilt. I gained back all the weight I lost from SP a year ago, and then some. I'm coming back around, wanting more for myself and for my family.
Last week I came across a book called "Die Fat or Get Tough" by Steve Siebold. It's about mental toughness, which the author claims is the missing link to our weight loss efforts. He's been there, done that, having lost 40 lbs. himself.
Tough love has never motivated me. I've always preferred gentler encouragement, but this book has me thinking twice. "Die Fat or Get Tough" is pretty controversial because it cuts to the quick. There's no sugar coating or coddling; it's a direct call for *gasp* personal responsibility. That's definitely something I've been lacking.
Maybe so many people have been offended by this book because they haven't let go of their own shame when they read it. I know I've felt shame in letting my life and my eating get so out of control. But shame does nothing but hold you back, and at some point you have to stop letting it run your life.
There are some things Siebold writes that I take with a grain of salt. He includes a motivational/thought-provoking quote at the end of each chapter. He calls it the "Fat Loser Quote". I think that's going a bit too far, so when I read the quote I just mentally block out the word "Loser". Like anything else, take from it what you need and leave the rest.
I'm interested to see how this book will help me, because I think it really does come down to mind over matter.