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.