Okay, close your eyes and imagine with me, that due to some weird cosmic accident for one year all foods had absolutely no calories and no matter how much you ate, you would not gain any weight nor would you loose any either. For one year, you'd stay on your present weight no matter what.
The JABBA part in me starts getting all excited about this thought. It starts salivating, wanting to run to the pantry straight away and starting gobbling down all them things I've avoided eating or eaten in a very controlled way because well, they would make me gain weight and undo all the progress of the last 3 months... at least if not consumed in moderation.
That JABBA part in me thinks, "ou well... if I can't loose any weight in the next year I'd rather stuff myself, dang, I can't gain weight neither... yay."
Well, there is one thing though I neglected to tell you about this cosmic accident: it'd only change the calories, nothing else... sugar would still decay your teeth, cholesterol would still continue to be bad for you (you know, that bad cholesterol, not the good one), fat would still clog your blood vessels, coke would still harm your tummy... you get the picture. Bad things would still be bad for you, and good things good, the only difference was that you'd neither loose nor gain weight within one year.
So what would you do??? What would I do??? Many of the things I eat or the things I do, I do for the purpose of loosing weight. Would I still do them if nothing visible happened??? Or just think "Hang it, I don't care!!"
I always thought I eat rather healthy but is it just to loose it??? Would I still choose the healthy home cooked meal over my favourite take out Doner Kebab or greasy hamburger??? Would I go on doing what I'm doing now?? Would I get up daily to do my exercise at 6am in the morning 5 days a week???
I'm just thinking out loud here as I write... I don't want my life to just be about loosing THE weight, I want balance. I want to BE healthy. I want to BE fit. I also want to enjoy some fish and chips now and then. I loath binging, not only because of all those calories consumed, but because of the hold it has on me, on my life. I don't LIKE stuffing myself, it really hurts my tummy, yet at one of those JABBA moments, I just can't stop, no matter what.
What are my motivations to live a healthier life??? Is it really just about loosing it??? Actually it isn't. And it is good to know that this journey really isn't only about loosing weight but about so much more. I'm not totally there yet, maybe I will struggle with the desire to binge and stuff myself for the rest of my life, who knows, yet I know that loosing weight isn't the sole purpose of this journey. It gives me hope to press on when I feel down and out... or the scales doesn't tell me what I want to hear. I wanna make good food choices because it is GOOD and needed for my body, not only because it helps me loose weight. I reckon that's why I don't like artificial sweeteners either (okay, I still drink diet coke.. hem, hem).
So, I hope that I would continue eating healthy if this weird cosmic accident was to happen. I reckon I'd blow it now and then, but hopefully I'd get back on track remembering how good it is for my body to eat whole foods, cooked in a healthy way, lots of fruit and veg, milk produce and the like, no matter that I wouldn't gain or loose any weight.