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The Good Rebel: ONEKIDSMOM

Saturday, November 02, 2013


ONEKIDSMOM has been musing on rebellion. And I've been reading her recent status posts and blogs with sympathy. Of course.

Because we know that weight loss maintenance requires consistency. Consistency with nutrition tracking. Consistency with exercise. We've gotta be "good".

And yet: being good all the time gets wearying. More baby kale. More running. We rebel.

It may help to recognize that quite likely rebellion is a pretty significant aspect of who we are, what we've been able to accomplish, and why we are where we are at any given time.

Excising the rebel is probably impossible. Even if it were, it's probably not desirable.

We've gotta manage our metabolisms, and we've gotta manage our difficult personalities. Managing the rebel -- acknowledging and respecting and even encouraging the "good" rebel" -- may be essential. Essential to maintaining who we most want to be -- and discovering at deeper levels who that person is.

Slade Robertson tells us that the rebel is the voice that tells us we've had enough.

The rebel may well be the voice that told us that we'd had enough in the first place.

"I've had enough obesity. I am exhausted from carrying around the literal burden of excess weight, and the psychological burden of guilt."

The rebel may well be the voice that also first told us, "I don't care about disappointing people by focusing on my own eating and exercise plan. I won't be available for after work beer and wing fests. I'm going to the gym."

And, in countering objections to those rebellious decisions, "I deserve better than this. I am capable of more than this."

And so when the rebel tells us we're being too stringent with our nutrition and exercise control . . . we need to listen. We need to engage. We need to seek out fresh pathways.

We can't fear the rebel. The rebel -- yeah, that big bada$$ rebel -- is an essential part of who we are. Whom we have become. Whom we want to maintain. And whom we want to become.

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    369 days ago
    Well written. I'm glad ONEKIDSMOM pointed me in your direction. It is an eye-opener for me to think of my "off the reservation" moments as times that I might be rebelling as opposed to being a slacker.
    1570 days ago
    The rebel in me is easy to recognize and I choose to use if for good not for evil. emoticon
    1572 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Great blog. You have pointed out that it was the good rebel that said I have had enough of being unhealthy. When the daily efforts of staying on track, get tiresome or hard, you are right about listening to that voice and finding other pathways to stay healthy. Keeping that good rebel in mind keeps you focused on what needs to be done to maintain., You really do need to rebel in a society where instant food gratification is available twenty four hours a day.
    1573 days ago
    Being *TOO* Nice Carries a HUGE Price: Pun Intended...!

    1573 days ago
  • _LINDA
    The Rebel With a Cause! You have it! Balancing the yin and yang of our personalities. The rebel in me doesn't like conforming to society's norms, but is also the one that never gives up!
    Here is to finding a balance that works for us!
    1573 days ago
    Great blog, Ellen! Thanks for shedding some light on the rebel and encouraging me to appreciate that aspect of myself and others. -Marsha
    1573 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Embrace your inner rebel!!!!
    Slade wrote that our rebel sees our future. (Where we want to go, where we want to be.) Not being satisfied with the status quo. It is our rebel that inspires us to change.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.
    1573 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/2/2013 12:22:04 PM
  • DALID414
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    1573 days ago
    It's like herding cats. Sigh. All my parts want to go in different directions. Maybe someday they'll deign to go the same way for a while.

    1573 days ago
    I love hanging out with all the rebels. 😜
    1573 days ago
    Absolutely, you GET it! emoticon Don't want to suppress the rebel... want to get the Rebel and the Competitor to come to a truce! Like squabbling siblings, different aspects of ourselves need to find a form of d├ętente...

    Thanks for this blog today. emoticon
    1573 days ago
    I'm so proud of you!
    1573 days ago
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