Thursday, March 14, 2013
One of my biggest dreams in life is that one day, I would wake up and find out I was a size 6. I didn't have to diet and wait and agonize over the scale; I just took a magic pill and POOF! Instant weight loss.
(I've also dreamed that I would be a Jedi, but I think even that is more likely than insta-weight loss.)
About the closest we have come to the Weight B Gone Pill is bariatric surgery, and that seems like a last resort option. Otherwise, if we want to lose weight, we have to cut calories TODAY and wait until TOMORROW for results.
And it sucks, particularly those first few days. No candy bars, no fattening coffees, no Dairy Queen burgers. Restaurant outings get to be a pain, as we are resorted to eating off the Salad Menu instead of diving into the Burgers or the Fried Chicken or Buffalo Wings.
But let's say such a pill existed; what would we learn? Would we learn to put better foods into our mouths? To watch how much we ate? To add exercise to our daily routine? I doubt it. I think we'd continue in the bad habits that made us the unhappy weight we are and bemoan our weight gain. We wouldn't learn patience. We wouldn't learn perseverance. And we wouldn't learn how to make healthy choices.
Right now, my weight loss diet is strict, but once I get off, I need to take the tools I've learned (choosing smaller portions, eating healthier meats and veggies, not snacking on junk foods) and adapt those to my life. Without them, I'll go right back up to 268 - and that is certainly NOT how I want to spend my thirties!
So although I have no pill that makes me lose weight overnight, I am still seeing my dream come true. Only, this way, I'm more likely to KEEP the dream, instead of returning to what I was before!