Sunday, February 03, 2013
"I keep overeating but the weight gain takes so long."
Ever say that?
Let me park right here for a second to say that IF you or someone you know has been trying to GAIN weight, this isn't a post for you or them.
I ABSOLUTELY know there are folks who struggle to gain weight.
While her two brothers are big guys, someone I know has been at times in her life underweight.
And weight gain has been a challenge for her.
This is, of course, not the norm here in the USA, but it is a reality for some people.
I wish those folks well in their efforts to gain weight in a healthy way.
Back to the post.
So I'm going to assume that you and I haven't said that ever.
Well, beyond the absurdity of a guy who has struggled with obesity his entire adult life and spent an considerable amount of time dieting saying something like that...
People just don't say things like that.
Because we simply don't think about actively trying to overeat.
We don't think about TRYING to GAIN excess fat.
And we don't FIXATE on what we are eating and why the food consumption doesn't result in as much weight gain as we expected.
Because that's kind of silly, huh?
We PILE ON UNNECESSARY STRESS about weight loss all the time.
We get it in our heads that weight loss is supposed to just happen a certain way based on our PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS.
We decide that something is wrong when things don't seem to be working like we THINK they should.
Let's stop that nonsense!
My point here is that you and I are not racing to some finish line.
We are LIVING.
And our focus - our FOCUS - should be on creating POSITIVE HABITS and STRONG MINDS.
And if we do that.
The weight will come off.
Without creating all that drama about how fast it "SHOULD" be coming off.
And without making things harder on ourselves mentally.
REALIZE that what I'm NOT SAYING is that we don't need to be mindful about how much we are eating and what sort of weight loss that will bring about.
I ABSOLUTELY believe that it is both healthy and advantageous to KNOW our net calories for the day.
And it is USEFUL to know what those daily net calories equate to in weight.
For instance, I focus on a daily net calorie deficit that effects approximately one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of weight loss per week.
And, generally speaking, on average I see that sort of loss.
I'm not saying that YOU will necessarily see that same sort of weight loss rate as I do.
But that's not the point.
The POINT is that my focus is on my HABITS and my THINKING.
ABSOLUTELY NOT on the scale.
And I would encourage you...
No, I CHALLENGE YOU to stop all the nonsense with the scale.
Instead, focus on STREAKS.
Like hitting your DAILY NET CALORIE TARGET every day.
Like getting up and moving for 10 MINUTES every day.
And, honestly, try to work toward 4-6 days of exercising for at least 30 minutes.
It will do you a WORLD OF GOOD to get up and move.
Stop the scale nonsense and FOCUS on the things that YOU CAN CONTROL.
Realize that whether it takes one week, two weeks or a month to lose, say, one kilogram of weight, the point is that you are creating better HABITS and becoming more MINDFUL about your life.
And that's a good thing.
You are quite capable of losing the weight.
I'm sure of that.
Don't underestimate your capabilities.
You are strong enough to do this.
But more importantly, you are strong enough to create a better life.
A healthier life.
A more active life.
And through that better, healthier and more active life, the excess fat will come off.
And you'll become stronger physically - but also mentally.
So stop fixating on that stupid scale, realize that this is about LIFE and don't add unnecessary drama and stress to your life.
You can do this.
Make it a great day!