I fear I am being a petty, judgmental hater here, but I just have to pose the question anyway:
How unfair does it feel that doing this weight management thing the "right" way sometimes yields the slowest and least dramatic results? I know I am feeling vulnerable right now after having to own up to a small gain, but I can't help it -- it feels totally unfair!
This comes about because I just read an article about the Paula Deen family's combined weight loss ( omg.yahoo.com/blogs/cele
Don't get me wrong -- it is AWESOME that she, her husband and both her sons have all decided their health is more important than celebrating totally unhealthy foods for the sake of family tradition and a practical media empire. I think it's wonderful! Especially that she's been so open about the fact that the foods she's famous for did, in part, lead to her type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
But as I got to the end of this particular article, I couldn't help but notice that Bobby Deen is the only one among them who did it "the right way" -- both watching his diet and exercising regularly -- and he lost the least amount of weight at 33 pounds. I don't even know that there necessarily IS one "right" way, but if there is, diet and exercise (the main tenets of Spark magic!) has to be it!
Paula's husband lost 60 pounds eating very little whole food (four protein shakes plus "real" dinner every day), and Paula and her other son, Jamie, took the low-carb route, and they lost 40 and 45 pounds, respectively. (BTW, that's one of the most dramatic 40-pound losses I've seen, unless the photos are heavily retouched -- she looks great!)
I'm not saying their efforts are "bad" or "wrong" (though for me, at least, they certainly would be unsustainable). Besides, maybe Bobby had less to lose! He does seem to be the shortest of the bunch. And I really loved that her husband, Michel, talked about the tendency to throw in the towel and then gorge even more once you've "messed up" or "cheated," and how he learned that instead you just get back on track and keep moving forward.
But I am kinda bummed that it's sooooo easy to mistakenly infer from this story that, obviously, old-school diet and exercise don't yield the best or fastest results.
Ah well, the article absolutely didn't suggest such a thing, so maybe I am just feeling far too jaded today.
But maybe not, because for some reason it really made me think of ALL the times I encountered a very obvious look of disappointment when, throughout my weight loss process, someone excitedly asked me "what are you doing?" and I would reply "just good old-fashioned diet and exercise: eat less, count calories and move more!" Seriously, so many times their faces instantly fell, like, "Awww, man, but that's too hard!" Clearly not the latest magic bullet they were hoping to find.
At least my own recent efforts to get back on track (I've gained 13 pounds in "maintenance" around the holidays -- whoops! I know better than that!) have already yielded some disappointing but important observations: even after nearly FIVE years (can that be true?! My Spark weight loss goal has my start date as 2008!) of almost daily practice, it can be FAR TOO EASY to be re-corrupted by portion distortion, the sugar beast and mindless eating!
I am frustrated and even saddened by the confirmation that this very well might be a "forever" thing for me -- in a sense, once obese, always obese, that I might always be in "recovery" the way alcoholics and such are! But it is still valuable information to have so I can prevent myself from ever getting back to such a completely unhealthy state.
So anyway -- congratulations to the entire Deen family, to myself and to all of you! We all have a lot to be proud of just for taking the initiative -- for caring enough about ourselves and our loved ones to want better health.