So this morning while I was vacuuming, I realized that my vacuum wasn't sucking up stuff very well, compared to when I first bought it. (I have one of those uber fancy vacuums specific for pet hair that I swore was one of the best things on the planet when I bought it.) I had cleaned the filter recently, so I was a bit concerned that my big investment wasn't all that I thought it was.
Did you know you can learn just about anything on google/youtube? Yeah. Some of it isn't necessarily stuff that I ever wanted to know, like for example, how to give yourself "cat eyes" using makeup. But whatever, maybe someone wants to know that. Today though, I learned that my awesome pet vacuum has not one, but TWO filters. AND I found a youtube video from the manufacturer that demonstrates how to find and clean both filters. The second filter I had no idea about, and apparently have been neglecting it since I bought it, which might explain why it was so yuck when I took it out of the vacuum this morning. Aha.
So I sat back for a moment and pondered just how wonderful the age of computers really is. I remember heading off to college and my dad helping me set up the college email account before I left. I distinctly remember thinking, "What the heck am I ever going to use 'email' for? If I want to talk to someone, I'll just call them." lol. If only I had any idea.
My favorite internet thingie is definitely Google. During this thoughtful trip down memory lane this morning with my vacuum filters, I got to wondering what else I could learn on Google and specifically what google might have to say about weight loss as a random search string.
After walking back to the computer, I sat down and promptly typed in, "How to lose weight" and then pressed the search button.
Interestingly, the first box that came up had several references from reputable sources whose common theme was basically "burn more calories than you consume on a daily basis, and you will lose weight." Yay Google. But what really caught my attention was everything listed underneath that.
Pretty much all of the website titles were along the themes of, "lose weight fast", "How to lose x pounds in x amount of time", "the *secret* weight loss formula", "how to lose weight without exercising", and basically "how to lose weight without doing anything different".
Well duh, no wonder this country has a weight loss problem. Pretty much everything being marketed on the internet (and elsewhere), sums up weight loss as easy, fast and effortless. Furthermore, there are absolutely tons of youtube videos about weight loss that show bright cheery individuals claiming they have lost incredible amounts of weight in very short times and you could too if you just bought x. In fact, they ALL were trying to sell you something. The latest and greatest diet book, health food supplements, exercise videos, nutrition counseling services, diet shakes, where to buy tapeworms (ok eww), etc.etc.
Thankfully when I reached the point of deciding that I wanted to lose weight, I didn't do an internet search -- I was fortunate enough to have someone clue me into SparkPeople.com.
And I'll tell you that I think SP is really one of the best resources on the internet for not only weight loss, but so much more. Plus, it's FREE.
But there is definitely a catch. Switching to a healthy lifestyle from a not-so-healthy one does require work. A lot of work. And it's not usually a fast process. Plus sometimes not only is it not easy and not effortless, it's downright hard.
BUT, it is worth it. AND, the difference between our collective journey here at SparkPeople, is that when we do achieve our goals, we will be well-armed with knowledge and healthy habits, AND our results are going to last a whole lot longer than whatever fad diet is currently in vogue.
Have a great day!