I've often gotten criticism in my time here, because I often offer advice, but do not lead a perfect life. My trackers are public, and all it takes is a glance to see I'm not exactly a vegan health food eater to know that I don't make perfect choices.
Why is that, exactly?
Well, I live life. I don't diet. I don't avoid things. If I want a treat, I get it! What I DO is strive for moderation. Candy isn't evil! As it happens, I don't care much for it, although around my menstrual period for some unfathomable reason I do tend to reach for it now and again. Which is weird, for me; any other time, I don't care for candy. I don't have a sweet tooth.
Now, I *will* grab a pack of ramen noodles if I'm between paychecks.
So that may lead to the question of why anyone should listen to what I have to say, or my advice at all?
Anyone who's here is probably here because I answered a question on the forums. I'm a very active message board poster.
Should you listen to me? I'm not a doctor. I'm not a personal trainer. I'm not a registered dietician.
Well, don't listen to me. Listen to what I have to say, research it and then decide for yourself if I'm right! When I tell you something, the odds are I learned it from someone way more awesome than me, who knows more than I do. It might be Becky Hand, or even Spark Coach Jen, or ArchimedesII, or any other number of great people. I probably did the research, looked into the whys and the hows, and figured out WHY something is.
Now, knowing is different than doing. I mean, think about it. We all know how to fish. You put a worm on a hook, put the hook on a fishing line, run the fishing line through a fishing pole, and put it in the water. Move it around. Bam, fish!
Except, it's not that easy. It takes time, effort, experience, and effort. I know that you need to exercise for heart health, and that weight loss comes from diet, not exercise. I know that strength training is critical for building lean muscle mass. I know that whole foods are better than prepackaged.
I'm not perfect. I know how to lose weight. I know how to do it without dieting! I've done it myself, and I've lost 26 pounds so far. I could have lost it faster, if I'd been more disciplined.
But I struggle the same as anyone else. I fight cravings, and imperfections. That's okay. :)
You don't have to listen to me. I'm not asking you to. But please, don't discount me because I am not perfect. None of us are! I have addictions, stresses, and life has been kicking me solidly in the backside lately. I have an alcoholic husband, an ADHD kid, I'm a workaholic, a hoarder, and I suffer from depression.
Forgive me my imperfections, and I'll always be your friend. :) I care about you... even if I don't know you, or anything about you, I care about you, and I want you to be healthy. I want you to lose weight, and keep it off, and I don't want you to hurt yourself in the process. I want you to smile when you look in the mirror, the same as I do, now, because I know how it hurts to look in the mirror and want to cry.
Am I there yet? Nope! But I will be. And I live. I love. I eat. I fall down. I pick myself up. I eat healthy, and I stop at McDonald's once in a while. I'm me. Take me or leave me, I'm here.
I'll share with you the SP article that changed my life, and informs every single decision I make now.
Stop dieting, and start living!